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January 29, 2009

Beware the brass rats

srikanth @ 9:00 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1233262845 ) Play

Identify the person in the middle and what’s being done with him:

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Clue:

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Neeraj , Dibyo , Rohan , Ludwig , Debasish , Raghuvansh , Kal and Mo.

Answer:

Oliver R. Smoot of Smoot fame. He’s being used to measure the bridge, and you see the 69th marker behind him.


8 Responses to “Beware the brass rats”

  1. Neeraj

    Oliver R. Smoot, used to measure the length of the Harvard bridge!!!


  2. Dibyo
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    Oliver Smoot, who is being used as a measure of length (the smoot)


  3. Rohan
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    The smoot is a nonstandard unit of length created as part of an MIT fraternity prank. It is named after Oliver R. Smoot (class of 1962), a fraternity pledge to Lambda Chi Alpha, who in October 1958 was used by his fraternity brothers to measure the length of the Harvard Bridge between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  4. Is this an MIT undergraduate student named Smoot, who was used to measure the length of the Harvard Bridge that runs along Mass. Ave. connecting Boston and Cambridge? The “smoot” was used as a non-standard (hence ISO?) unit of length for the bridge, and even today when cops write tickets/file reports about incidents on the bridge, they use the smoot measure.


  5. Oliver Smoot…

    Being used to measure the length of Harvard Bridge

    Google earth also has a unit of length called smoots


  6. Raghuvansh
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    I remember reading about this in Resnick and Halliday’s physics textbook back in school :P The measurement of the Harvard bridge in Smoots, one Smoot being defined as the length of a specific man named Smoot, who is the chappie being lifted.


  7. Kal
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    Oliver R Smoot.

    They are measuring how many smoots , smoot is a nonstandard unit of length created as part of an MIT fraternity prank it\’d take to measure the length of the Harvard Bridge between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  8. Mo

    Oliver Smoot – measuring the length of Harvard Bridge in “Smoots,” the length of his body. Brass rats = MIT’s class ring


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