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October 16, 2010

67 inches

devadutta @ 11:58 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1287273524 ) Play

First of all, we congratulate Rogi on recording an unbeaten run-length of 356 correct answers in a row! That is a complete calendar year of posting correct answers on BB! Just awesome! Keep it up, Sire!

This question is a repeat and the above statement is total nuts.
I am never posting questions at 4AM again. EVAR!

Everyone gets points to for this question and the other question you see is a make-up question to remedy the repeat.

What are these people doing on this bridge (2)  ?

Hint: Subject is what Google calculator returns when you search the answer

Cracked by: panrod , Anjul , Manish Achuth , Vishnu , Rithwik K , shrik , Dibyo , shrey , Rahul Rajeev , jowens , SV , Ananth , nishansolo , Raghuvansh , Goyal , v.chandrashekar , apar , player576978 , krudebox , username , AmK , dineshk , Raghu , Rogi , raklodramA , Shwetha Maiya , Hegde , Sumanth Patlolla , Bharath , Rahulk , byslexia and udupendra

Answer:
The “official” unit to measure the length of the Harvard Bridge in Boston is the Smoot. 1 Smoot = Height of Oliver Smoot, who, measured the length of the Harvard bridge using his body as a fraternity pledge. The dude went on to become the chairman of ANSI, which makes it all the more funny that a non-standard unit of measurement is named after the head of a standards institution :)


32 Responses to “67 inches”

  1. panrod

    Oliver Smoot and friends measuring the length of Harvard bridge.


  2. Anjul
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    Measuring it’s length in ‘smoots’. Smoot is a unit of length named after the guy lying down (Oliver R. Smoot), technically measuring 67 inches.


  3. Manish Achuth
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    Smoot. Measurement of Olivier Smoot’s height to measure the length of the bridge.


  4. Vishnu

    Smoot… Harvard Bridge


  5. Rithwik K

    Oliver R. Smoot ? who, fittingly, was later the president of the ISO. The unit is used to measure the length of the Harvard Bridge.


  6. shrik
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    Oliver Smoot and buddies measuring the Harvard bridge in smoots.


  7. Dibyo
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    measuring the length of the harvard bridge in SMOOTS


  8. shrey

    The Smoot unit of measurement. Measuring the MIT bridge using Oliver Smoot’s height.


  9. Rahul Rajeev

    Measuring the length of the Harvard Bridge in “Smoots” which was in 1958 equal to Oliver Smoot’s height (five feet and seven inches)
    The smoot is now recognized as a nonstandard unit of length


  10. jowens
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    Measuring the length of the Harvard Bridge in Smoots.


  11. SV
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    Measuring the length of the bridge in smoot’s!


  12. Ananth
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    Repeat question: http://www.boiledbeans.net/200.....rass-rats/

    They are measuring the length of the Harvard Bridge in terms of Smoots, the length/height of Oliver Smoot, of course a non standard measure. Smoot later headed ANSI and ISO.


  13. nishansolo

    Smoot


  14. Raghuvansh
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    Ah, Boston, Harvard Bridge, Smoot. Etc. etc.


  15. Goyal
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    Smoot – MIT prank


  16. smoot–to measure the bridge from boston to cambridge–had to be getting up and down 365 times approx.


  17. apar
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    Measuring the length of the bridge in smoots.


  18. player576978

    Measuring the Harvard bridge across Charles river in “smoots”.


  19. krudebox
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    Measuring the length of the Harvard bridge in terms of Smoots.


  20. username
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot

    this is surely a repeat question


  21. AmK
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    Repeated question

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


  22. dineshk
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    Harvard Bridge being measured in smoots (Oliver smoot was 67 inches tall at the time of the prank) as part of a fraternity prank.


  23. This is George Smoot’s colleagues marking measures equal to his height on the Harvard Bridge. This became a unit of measurement. 1 Smoot=67 inches.


  24. Rogi
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    Technically, Google reports, “1 smoot = 67 inches”.

    Much like it reports, “356 days = 0.974695698 years”.


  25. Smoot

    quoting text:
    jazzman R. Smoot. As a underclassman at MIT, his guild elders definite that Smoot’s peak prefabricated him an superior peak for measuring. Laid crossways the altruist Bridge over the River physicist in Boston, a distinction was varnished at Smoot’s head, whatever 5′7″. Again and again, they place him down, crossover the bridge, and activity it’s size at an authorised 364.4 Smoots. To this day, every assemblage those lines are re-painted on the bridge, memorializing the Smoot. Smoot went on to lead the dweller National Standards Institute and embellish chair for the International Organization for Standardization.


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


  27. Hegde

    Measuring the length of the bridge in Smoot units [eponymous with the guy lying down].


  28. Sumanth Patlolla
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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,a fraternity pledge to Lambda Chi Alpha, who in October 1958 lay on the Harvard Bridge (between Boston and Cambridge,Massachusetts), and was used by his fraternity brothers to measure the length of the bridge.


  29. Sumanth Patlolla
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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,a fraternity pledge to Lambda Chi Alpha,who in October 1958 lay on the Harvard Bridge (between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts), and was used by his fraternity brothers to measure the length of the bridge.


  30. Bharath
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    Smoot unit of length


  31. Rahulk
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    They are measuring the Harvard Bridge in terms of Smoots (the length of one Oliver R. Smoot)


  32. byslexia

    Measuring the length of the bridge in smoots


  33. udupendra
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    Smoots, do I still get points? :P


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