Several years ago (I believe it was 3 but it may have been 2) there was an MIT student who didn’t have quite enough credits to graduate. This happens (especially because HASS requirements are so weird), so they opted to stay another year in order to finish up and graduate.
One day, towards the end of this student’s senior year, a small skirmish took place on the dorm’s e-mail list between this senior and an undergraduate in the dorm. Things got heated, words were exchanged, and then this happened:
This whole argument is silly.
Well, thanks for bringing it up then.
By the way, congratulations on graduating.
Wow, way to make an insulting, totally useless reply to the entire dorm.
uhh, he is graduating, right?
and graduating people, i presume, won’t be staying in the dorm over the summer. so, if my two assumptions are true, i admire [name]’s heroism for taking time out of his busy final study schedule to make sure that the portion of summer residents who watch movies are happy.
oh, if you’re not graduating (whether you’re not a senior or otherwise), sorry, that’s all i meant by the comment.
No, I’m not graduating.
Yes, I’m in the dorm for the summer.
Yes, I’m in the dorm next year.
Interested in my personal life?
What color underwear do you have on right now?
[For the record, it was blue, with penguins.]
From then on, every e-mail sent to the Burton-Conner dorm e-mail list (bctalk [at] mit [dot] edu) MUST be signed with the sender’s underwear color. It has become a tradition. By signing with your underwear color you are saying “My e-mail is worth reading. I am willing to tell you my underwear color if you’ll read my e-mail, that’s how worth reading it is.”
Soooooooo . . . . for all of you prefrosh that came to CPW and hung out around Burton-Conner, you may have seen some snazzy light blue shirts floating around. Maybe they looked a little something like this?
These shirts, our unofficial dorm shirts, have the line “What color is YOUR underwear?” on the back. This is not because we are creepy sexual deviants hitting on you.
This is just because we want to know your underwear color.
(Thanks to the commenter who provided the exact transcript)