So this weekend, East Campus hosted the Bad Ideas Weekend, which can be more or less dangerous than it sounds, depending on your imagination.
Personally, I find this a lot more exciting than Mystery Hunt. I mean, there’s something to be said for watching people do really random, stupid, amusing things.
For me, there is nothing to be said for locking yourself in a room for countless hours solving really hard puzzles on little to no sleep. But to each his own! Whatever floats your boat! Insert other clichés about tolerance here! Just wanted to point out that contrary to what the blogs seem to indicate, not everyone participates, or even intends to someday participate. Don’t forget – no matter what, there are always exceptions to rules here at good old M.I.T.
Anyway, I wasn’t really around for much of Bad Ideas, unfortunately. But I did make it a point to go to one event. Friends, this is the Green Building, home to EAPS/Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences/Course 12, and 54-100, one of the most uncomfortable lecture halls at MIT:
The Green Building is something like 21 stories tall – I’m never really sure because, as you can see, the first floor doesn’t exactly exist, but anyway, it’s the tallest building in Cambridge.
You may be wondering where this is going. Bad Ideas? Green Building? No, we didn’t throw anything (or anyone) off, though on Halloween, East Campus does use the Green Building for its annual Pumpkin Drop. The Bad Idea associated with the Green Building was running up the stairs as many times as you can in four hours (bananas and Gatorade provided at the top, and you take the elevator down). You would usually run for a team, and the team with the most runs gets the much-coveted title of “Most Masochistic.” Or something.
Do you still think MIT sounds fun? ;)
Anyway, I really only showed up to take pictures, but I made the mistake of going on time (silly me), so almost no one was there for the big start. And I kind of felt sorry for one of the people there, because she would have to run by herself, so I thought, “well, what the heck.” I ventured up.
I took pictures of the scenery along the way. There were some motivational posters, because sometimes the MIT Crew Team (though I prefer “cult” :P) have to run up them for practice:
And there were also some random amusing pictures on the wall, like caterpillars and dinosaurs:
Despite the artwork on the walls, I still only did it once, because, well, running up stairs for four hours (though most people don’t do it for the whole four hours) is just a Bad Idea.
The weekend also consisted of a rat-trap building contest (contrary to what you may believe, the streets of MIT are not paved in gold. We do have rats. Large ones. But they live outside, so as long as you don’t go out at night by yourself, you should be okay ;), eating and cooking contests, live Mario Kart racing, and (what I regretted missing the most:) Velcro Gladiators.
I’ve been incredibly busy lately as student groups try to fit in one last activity before IAP comes to an official close. I didn’t even have time to make it Karaoke Night with ATS tonight because I had so many other things to do! But rest assured, I have lots of cool stuff to talk about for the next few days, even though technically (and I’m really sorry to have to say this) IAP is already over for me. Harvard started classes today.
Now that’s a bad idea.