I’m just curious as to why you keep invoking William Faulkner. by Sam M. '07
"MIT is so charmingly nerdy" entries #12 and 35.
I had not the greatest week, but tune in tomorrow for my misadventures with the reply-to-all feature and otherwise… I don’t want to destroy the organic unity of this entry.
Anyway, in the midst of this not the greatest week, I was thinking about limericks, which of course led me to thinking about quiz bowl. I was thinking about how much fun I had doing quiz bowl in high school, even though I’m not on the MIT College Bowl team or anything. Do you do quiz bowl? If so, here are the three most important things you should remember for quiz bowl competitions:
1. Beethoven wrote only one opera, and it was called “Fidelio.”
2. Nearly all of the work of William Faulkner is set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County.
3. The third-largest city in Ireland is called “Limerick.”
…and why was I thinking about limericks today? Well, I saw this stray piece of graffiti on a chalkboard as I was walking through building 56.
“The integral of z squared dz
From one to the cube root of three
All times the cosine
Of three pi o’er nine
Equals ln of the cube root of e.”
When I was at home, my friend Ben asked me if everybody at MIT would understand the “E/c^2 … sqrt(-1) … PV/nR” shirt.
I was just about ready to say, “Oh, not everyone, we’re not that stereotypical…” but then I gave it a few seconds of thought and concluded, with some surprise, “Uh… yeah, I think so.”
Don’t worry, you’ve still got time to learn.