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I have SMASHING news! by Sir Nigel Blogberry

‘Allo poppets!!

Sir Nigel Archibald Blogberry here! Marianne and I docked the commvee for some petrol while the kids fetch a cuppa and some take-away. Earlier this year Eliza asked us to install wireless Internet on the old boat. In fact she was rather demanding, although I must say now I quite enjoy being able to stream BBC Radio to Zanzibar while on safari. She also insisted I begin a web journal which sounded like a simply magnificent idea.

So let me tell you about our most recent discovery! Whilst rummaging about in the archives of the Bodleian I had found an old map of labyrinthine catacombs along the banks of the Charles River. So we pipped across the pond to explore the secrets of the old colonies and whatnot. I must say upon our arrival the seafaring natives looked at us a tad queerly, but after I deployed some primitive sign language they seemed to understand and welcome us. Some of them even brought us some terrific whopping rashers of bacon that were simply splendid.

We packed our kit and started exploring the catacombs. I had barely touched pick to whisker before I fell into a great honking cavern. After I got over a slightly embarrassing case of the screaming abdabs, Eliza handed me a lantern and I began peering about.

That’s when I saw them: the most SPLENDIFEROUS cave paintings I have ever seen, complete with ancient inscriptions in a mysterious tongue carved beneath them!




Once, in the distant past, in the ancient land of Beaveria, there were two warring peoples: the people of Pi, and the people of Tau.



For many moons they fought bitterly amongst themselves over how the circumference of a circle might properly be measured and honored.


Until one day a wise old man, Stuartus Schmillius, came down from his home on the mountain top, bearing with him two stone tablets.



“People of Beaveria!” said Schmillius, “It is time for us to cease this battle and live in peace!” He held his tablets aloft, shining in the sun.



“From this day forth, we shall honor both our ways!” proclaimed the old man. “On Pi Day, at Tau Time, our peoples will join together in a celebration of peace, and also math!”


Schmillius planted the tablets into the hillside, where they stand to this very day. Then he sprightly skateboarded away into the horizon.



The people of Beaveria were somewhat puzzled, but thankful for this wisdom. And thereafter they honored Pi Day – 3/14 – at Tau Time – 6:28 PM – as a moment of special significance, as do their descendants to this very day.



And beside this last painting was a final, lengthier message, carved deeply into the rock, as if its creators wanted to make sure it would last long after them.

	MIT Regular Action admissions decisions will be available online on Wednesday, March 14, beginning at 6:28 PM ET.
When decisions are released, access and log in using the same username and password that you use to log into your MyMIT account. There are no interim screens, so you should be sure you are ready to receive your decision online before logging in to
To ensure that you will receive a decision online, please visit and enter your username and password. The verify page is available now for applicants to confirm their login ability and decision eligibility.
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I must say I haven’t the foggiest idea what this all means. A dark myth of wizards and warlords? Perhaps a primitive clamor for crops? An unusually dapper vision of the gods and ancients? Alas, we shall never know, as I’m afraid their language is clearly long dead and totally indecipherable, even to a learned expert such as myself.

More’s the pity, but ah well! The tots are back from Tesco and it’s time for us to be Blogberrying about again!


100 responses to “I have SMASHING news!”

  1. Debbie Thornberry says:

    *Gives father a sarcastic look then throws down her magazine*

    But seriously guys, in all seriousness, I’m not even applying and Nigel Thornberrying your decision date made me cry laughing. Kudos to you!

  2. Fireares says:

    So, we have come to this…

  3. Miranda says:

    This is awesome. I’m not even getting a decision RA (got in EA) and I think this is the coolest announcement I’ve seen all year. Thornberries brings back memories, and Pi Day @ Tau time is the best decision time. Props to Sir Nigel Blogberry and Stuartus Schmillius.

    Also, TAU FOREVER! *runs*

  4. Kathleen says:

    This is why I want to go to MIT.

    I see what you did there.



  6. Fady Eid says:

    This is the coolest and cutest thing ever!! I just LOOOVE MIT’s sense of humor. Can’t wait for pi day!!

  7. Christel says:

    This must be the best blog post I’ve read in a long while! To bad I won’t get the decision on pi-day, it will be the 15th here.. But at least I will get to enjoy(?) pi-day without any life changing decisions!

  8. Brent says:

    Anybody else read this entire post in Nigel’s accent?

  9. Justin says:

    This is the greatest thing of all time.

  10. James W says:

    OK, unless I’m incorrect, transfer applicants won’t have access to decisions until…April. I do not have a MyMIT account.
    …Just the way it is?

  11. Harleen Dhillon says:

    Amazing post! I am so excited for pi day!
    @Brent: Yes I did :p

  12. Lyndsey Penman (16?) says:

    This is the best way to receive terrifying news. I was watching the Wild Thornberrys on Netflix when I got the email!

  13. Guilherme L Wanderley says:

    Duuude! That’s a shame :( I would be the first to comment, but then my dad calls me and my internet drops, and look how many comments are there! :O

    But seriously now……….. YAYYYYYY!!!!!! THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!1!!!!!!1!11one!! My poor heart, he’s too fast right now >.< And what an awesome way to announce it! Hahahaha I laughed. Go go go!

  14. Ivan says:

    Epic post is EPIC

  15. El Mehdi says:

    Hahaha! OMG! I almost had a heart attack for some seconds. It feels like getting smashed by Light Yagami. Anyway, good luck to everyone!

  16. Kit Sanders says:

    -Nigel Thornberry

    Dear god, I hope I get admitted! I’ve been counting down every day to Pi Day since early February. It’s been a slow, agonizing wait. My birthday is on the 15th. Either I’m going to have the best birthday of my life, or the worst birthday of my life.

  17. Priscilla says:

    Definitely read it in Nigel’s accent… Man I miss the days of the Wild Thornberrys and Hey Arnold.. kids television has definitely gone downhill since our days..

  18. Everest Shi says:

    I am rendered speechless. This is absolutely the most hilarious yet awesome admissions notice ever!

  19. silv says:

    hahahahaha xD that is WICKED! @brent: of course i did! :D
    actually, i read everything in a british accent because that’s how i speak :D too bad decisions won’t be available to us british kids until the 15th…
    i suppose running an approximately 14 mile race on pi day is eventful enough for one day smile

  20. Piotr Kowalczyk says:

    I did not expect MIT to announce this in recent-meme form.

    But I should have. raspberry

  21. jvl says:

    Hahahaha, you guys are so cool! smile

  22. Christi says:

    I wish I was on Eastern Time! Then it wouldn’t be so tempting to spoil the 6:28 perfection…

  23. Nikita B. says:

    Wonderfuly clever story! Thank you MIT — can’t wait for tau time smile

    *insomnia sets in*

  24. Chan Hyun Park says:

    How exciting! 7 more days! I CANT STOP GIGGLING!

  25. Tia Lewis says:

    This meme…. oh my god XD it ravages my tumblr and now it ravages my email.


  26. Yimo says:

    Just cracked when I finished the whole thing.


    3.1415026535897932381626433832795028841971693993…. Our school just held the Pi competition and now this comes out. This number is just stuck in my head now.

  27. Ken L. says:

    Hm. Why do I get the strange, unshakable feeling that Elizabeth drew this? Anyways, this was probably the best possible way to announce the decision date/time, thanks to the admissions office for all of their hard work!

    also, pi is pretty cool guys, it’s not all about tau, is it? right, guys?

  28. Nicholas Dvorak says:

    This just made my day, whether I end up crying as many tears as there are digits in those famous numbers is yet to be seen, but this will make it all worth it. SMASHING!

  29. TayS says:

    Awesome!!! I cannot wait for next week. So nervous. To everyone, good luck and may we all survive these last few days.

  30. Andrew Lavery says:

    Thank you to the MIT admissions team for setting a precise date and time! It seems like every other college says something along the lines of “by April 1st” or something….

    Though I was expecting 1:59pm, to be honest. 3.14 1:59, you know?

  31. Saymo says:

    This shows us how enjoyable MIT can be.
    Good luck for everyone applying.
    Sport would be a good way to wait for the decision !!!

  32. SFaiyaz says:

    It’s gonna be a life-changing decision alright…
    But like Elizabeth said in her “don’t freak out” song: (8) soo…worry can wait, we’re gonna be great….no matter how things turn out (8) wink

    Best of luck guys! smile

  33. Zekeriya Abacioglu says:

    Nigel, you have just made my day because I read your post aloud in your awesome accent! Also, this story is AMAZING!!!

  34. Caitlin says:

    The fact that this is Nigel Thornberry just made my life. Good luck everyone!

  35. Sourabh says:

    WOOT WOOT!!!

    Damn Nervous! Hope for the best people!

  36. Chris says:

    Fantastic! Can’t wait, so nervous! (On a side note, go Tau!)

  37. Carlos says:

    One more reason I want to go to MIT! It’s been so long since I last saw The Wild Thornberrys hahaha! Good luck everyone!! smile)

  38. Anonymous says:

    90% of you will not be admitted.

  39. Pi<Tau says:

    Good thing they decided on Pi Day @ Tau Time and not the other way around…

  40. Natalie Maria says:

    Gosh, they are so clever and witty! I want to be a part of all of this so badly. If not for undergraduate studies, at least one point in my life.

  41. Miriam says:

    For the one who thinks Euler’s identity wouldn’t work with tau, watch and be amazed:

  42. Mathew Thomas says:

    So we’re down to the final countdown! Good luck to everyone! I hope I’m admitted as well! And regarding the blog post, it was hilarious, but personally I’m a tad disappointed that Donnie didn’t make an appearance.
    LOL. So the tension has increased exponentially! Let’s hope that the outcome is favorable!

  43. Patrick Lown says:

    It took me a while to finish this post because I became so caught up in the video loop. I must have watched that thing at least 20 times before I could move on. I’m happy to finally know the decision date, this is the last college that I have yet to hear back from.

  44. Jordi Turner says:

    Haha, I had heard of the pi day from some friends who applied to MIT last year. Even so, you made this even MORE awesome! I can’t wait!!!

  45. Deron Browne says:

    I saw the email and was like whaaattt i have to FIGURE out when decisions are being released?? COOOL! then *pop* goes the bubble… they giv it But really this was a gr8 way to break the news to us… PS i hope MIT Admissions knows i’ll hardly be able to sleep till then ^_^…

    Good Luck to everyone!

  46. Frank Lu says:

    i’ll do this with my hands forever. Blarghghghghghgh.

  47. Dee says:

    This is honestly the best thing I have ever looked at. Why does MIT constantly do things like this that make me love it so much?

    If I don’t get in I will read this announcement over and cry.

    And eventually move on with my life. But first I will mourn with Nigel Thornberry.

  48. Pranav Kumar Mohanty says:

    This is so amazing! This is why MIT remains so unique….! The humor in it just smothered the tension of 14th March!
    Good Luck everyone!

  49. ARYAMAN says:

    Thx Annoymous. Know that already tho!

  50. adirie says:

    Euler’s identity would actually look more nice with tau:

    With pi: e^ipi = 0 – 1
    Kinda ugly

    But with tau: e^itau = 1 + 0
    which is more aesthetically pleasing in my opinion.

  51. Deron Browne says:

    ok so I selected notify me when there are follow up comments…then after 5 mins i realise what a bad idea that was… haha

  52. Harrison says:

    So one week? Sweet and sour chicken am I ever anxious.

  53. goober says:

    this makes me feel better about my inevitable rejection!

  54. Bob says:

    6 x 10^28, hell yeah!
    Chem FTW

  55. Joshua Jenkins says:

    So who else read that entirely in Nigel’s voice with the occasional snicker/random noises he makes? haha

  56. Elizabeth Z says:

    Haha… Pi Day! That is SOOOO EPIC! I’ll be counting the days (and probably the minutes too) smile

    This is why MIT is AWESOME!!!!!!!

  57. jvl says:

    On the other hand I must admit, this’ll make it even harder to let MIT go if I am not accepted! But well, such is life…

  58. Rajit says:

    MIT, Y u so awesome?
    Sheer awesomeness, can’t wait. Hope pi and tau together get me through!

  59. Abderhman A. Abuhashem says:

    Yaaahooo ,,,,,, I feel so excited guys …. I really love this kind of blogs ,

    GOOD LUCK ….. smile

  60. michael says:

    And Nigel Blogberry upon visting Florence, Italy discovered underneath Brunelleschi’s dome an inscription referring to the same location and a message from a Florentine nobleman who had visited the site and wrote in Italian the following: Che Buffo! Ricordo il programma come era l’altro giorno. Ti amo MIT per questa cosa. Spero che mi ammettano. Voglio diventare una parte della questa communita’. Ma, se non mi ammetterebbero questa cosa sara’ memorabile.

  61. Edasaur says:


  62. MGLgrirl says:

    Good luck everyone!!! ^.^

  63. sachit says:

    this is what sets MIT a class apart

  64. Manish Bhatt says:

    I am super psyched for the decisions….MIT Is my dream……the Pi day is fast approaching you guys…….I dont know for you, but MIT has been my dream like for ever…….irrespective of the decision, we have to understand that we are all great people and we are destined to do great things no matter where we end up. We are all capable of realifying our dreams….thats why we chose to apply here in the first place….Let us post our dreams here so that even after tau time, our dreams wont be forgotten!!!!!!!!!……………Mine is—to be an MIT undergrad and resolve string theory……… love to hear yours

  65. Coleworld says:

    Have faith in God. He will not fail or forsake you.

    When I am accepted it will be by the grace of God.


  66. Mason Williams says:

    I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!

  67. John-Peter Bruner says:

    I love this! It really made my day. Thanks ^_^

  68. Micaella Zubkov says:

    Whaaaaaattttttt ok, I couldn’t help jumping up and down when I saw Prof. “Blogberry” from Adventures with the Thornberrys. THIS IS THE MOST CHARMING THING SINCE PROFESSOR FLITWICK!!!! I love it. Blast from the past, best show ever! I am inspired smile

  69. Ashwin says:

    I used to watch this cartoon a lot when I was younger! They don’t show it on Nickelodeon any more unfortunately.

    Awesome announcement!

  70. Shashwat Verma says:

    That was certainly an exceptional notification for decisions just like the students of MIT.:D May the most deserving get in! Best of luck to all! Hope MIT surprises us by taking everyone in (Probability= 1 in infinity= ZERO) raspberry

  71. Willis Ruomu Wang says:

    Oh god the anticipation…


  72. Albert Orozco says:


    Bring it on.

  73. Aishvarya says:

    The best part was – “Until one day a wise old man, Stuartus Schmillius, came down from his home on the mountain top, bearing with him two stone tablets….”
    P.S.- He is Dean of Admissions.
    Good job Sir Nigel BLOGberry..

  74. Sean B says:

    MIT, you’ve outdone yourself.
    Not only a Thornberrys reference, but quite possibly the only way to one up 3/14 at 1:59.
    Going here would be so sweet! Good luck to all.

    Down with PI

  75. Kruthi says:

    I just couldn’t help laughing! I can’t wait. Hope I get in. smile

  76. Ruisa says:

    This is brilliant!! You guys never fail to amaze me with your wit, humour and creativity. Never a dull moment at MIT smile

  77. Domingo Cruz says:

    The pandorica opens.

    Something very old and very new is coming!!

    Brace yourselves!!!!!

  78. Wham! I thought it will be difficult to conjure up the magic of last year’s perfect alignment of numbers.

    This year, you folks made one up.

    MIT’s awesomeness has no limits :D :D

  79. Hollie O'Brien '15 says:

    This is why I go to MIT. haha…. its legit. smile

  80. Maliha Mohsin says:

    Hahahaha! Awesome!
    Now I just have to figure out what Tau time in Boston is here in U.A.E.!

  81. Aman Jain says:

    hahahahahaha ,,, MOTHER OF GOD !!!

  82. Kamran says:

    I have SMASHING news! for all of you guys.
    this man named Sir Nigel Blogberry is just a con artist and he is not an adventurer and all the cave paintings are made up and fake. NO such a man named Stuartus Schmillius ever existed. I couldn’t find any records of this man in the history.I only could find a very nice man called Stuart Schmill.
    just look at his photo :
    does he/she looks like an adventurer? I don’t think so. I want to tell you that don’t believe this fraud. all the cave paintings are fake. and I am going to inform the FBI about this guy. I wishing for the day that I see this man/woman behind the jail’s doors.
    Just kidding.
    I am so excited and can’t wait anymore.
    Viva pi día, la hora Tau

  83. Dnyanesh says:

    CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  84. Ali says:

    Can’t wait for a week! My ACTH is gonna be so high! I wish they accepted more students.

  85. Ali says:

    I just realized that pie day tau time will be March 15, past 2 AM in my time. Hello insomnia!

  86. Completely speechless ! I WISH A VERY GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL !

  87. oceane says:

    Can’t wait for Pi day!!!!!

  88. Tim Shi says:

    I am also really excited becasue I have been waiting for 3 months after I was deferred.

  89. Chris Ong says:

    I USED TO WATCH THIS SHOW hahaha and I did read the entire thing in Nigel’s accent. I’m pleasantly surprised I remember it.

    Well, I guess at my place I’ll be checking my decision on March 15 at 6:28pm +8 GMT smile


    Good luck, applicants! I’ll be constantly maintaining the decisions servers next week.

    — Master Steelblade

  91. Edward Schembor says:

    This post basically sums up why I want to go to MIT. However, I find one issue with the legend; the pi people would have easily won the battle :b.

  92. ARYAMAN says:

    I should be worried and tense but this makes it so exciting. Thx MIT. Love the symbolism.

  93. Kaitlyn says:

    …goes home to watch her copy of the wild Thornberrys movie

  94. Alexandria says:

    And you wonder why I want to go to MIT?! Is that even a serious question?

  95. Loren Weng says:

    I can only imagine what this post is like to someone who never watched the Thornberrys.

    Though tau is great and all, I must say, we have to be thankful for pi, or else Euler’s identity wouldn’t look quite as nice.

  96. Raff Miceli says:

    Let the countdown begin!
    I’ll be playing this right before the decisions come out:
    And I’ll be playing this in celebration if I get in:

    Good luck to everyone!

  97. Rochelle says:

    This just made my night!

  98. Jungsoo Kim says:

    I cannot wait to see!!! and I love this blog post!!!

  99. Wendy says:

    its cute, but my (inevitable) rejection is going to ruin all future pi days for me. the best day of the year will forever become **the day i got rejected from MIT**