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The Mystery Of The Missing Application Tracking Portlet by Ben Jones

A quick clarification.

I apologize for the confusion surrounding the removal of the Application Tracking portlet in MyMIT. The system is supposed to display a message explaining why the portlet is no longer there, but it’s not showing up for some reason. I’ll look into this when I’m back in the office.

The Application Tracking portlet is gone because it is now definitively too late in the process to submit additional or missing application components. (It was actually too late weeks ago – but our amazing records staff did an incredible job of processing things well beyond the deadline. On behalf of all of us, here’s a big public thanks to them.)

So this is just a quick entry to let you all know that everyone’s portlet has been removed, and it doesn’t imply anything about individual decisions.

Now that the Application Tracking portlet has been turned off, use it as an excuse to let go of the process a little bit. You’ve done everything you can do, so try to have some fun in these next few weeks. Hang in there and try not to stress – there’s nothing left to do but wait, and if all goes well, you’ll know in 2 weeks and 53 minutes. :-)

[Edit: to respond to the questions about midyear grades, please don’t worry. If we felt we needed to see midyear grades in order to make a decision, and they weren’t in your file, we’d contact your school directly to get them.]

100 responses to “The Mystery Of The Missing Application Tracking Portlet”

  1. Alyssa says:

    first post! go have fun, all other hopefuls!!

  2. Sh1fty says:

    uhh a year and 2 weeks until i find out if i got in or not :D good luck to all of you who applied wink and remember, world won’t end if you don’t get in wink

  3. Herman says:

    If my Midyear Report only appeared on the tracker a week ago, does that mean the admissions committee never even saw it?

  4. Tim says:

    Oh god 2 weeks.

    After waiting for months it shouldn’t seem that long, but…

  5. Daniel says:

    I’m in kind of the same situation as Herman. I submitted my Mid-year grade report as soon as I could after I had my first semester grades (back in mid-January), but it never appeared in the portlet, so I gave them another one not too long ago. Did it make it to the committee?

  6. AB says:

    woah!! Just two weeks, thats scary. Hope I get in. Good Luck to all!!

  7. AB says:

    Probably did. Can’t do anything about it now.. Anyways, all the best.

  8. Ben says:

    No worries about midyear grades. I added a paragraph at the end of the post to clarify.

  9. Ben M says:

    It looks like the message is fixed, I’m seeing
    “Application tracking is no longer available for entry year 2007. Best of luck to all applicants!”

    Good luck everyone, and thanks for the bit about mid-year grades, that makes me feel better. My school only just finished calculating rank last week

  10. Ben M says:

    It looks like the message is fixed, I’m seeing
    “Application tracking is no longer available for entry year 2007. Best of luck to all applicants!”

    Good luck everyone, and thanks for the bit about mid-year grades, that makes me feel better. My school only just finished calculating rank last week

  11. Ebot says:

    Thanks for all your encouragements.I’ll try to have some fun because i’m a bit reasured

  12. Omar says:

    I remember this same time last year… I was soooo stressed…

    Good luck to all the applicants and try not to stress too much, there’s nothing else you can do now, so relax!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Is it a good thing or a bad thing that my top choice is the first I hear from? After MIT, I wait more than a week until I hear from anyone else. It’s kinda’ a bad way too start getting decisions, either amazing super extraordinary news, or horrible depressing “oh God, what do I do now? What’s my next choice?” news

  14. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the update, Ben. Good luck to everybody hoping to get accepted! grin

  15. Amjad says:

    well,

    okay, is it a good thing or a bad thing that i haven’t applied for any other schools????? i mean i ONLY applied to MIT!!

    lol. I’m a total idiot HAHAHA
    and i don’t know what is funny. but that just makes me laugh……………well, of course i’m terrified .

  16. herman says:

    you’re quite a risk take amjad…good luck

  17. Jay says:

    Thank you so much for the update on the mid-year grade reports. i was in the same situation as Daniel. needless to say…i was getting a little frantic. haha

    oh boy…2 weeks. excited, nervous. Best of luck to everyone!

  18. Jigar says:

    Ah! Man! This message makes me so eager to know. If i got in or not…

  19. chrissie says:

    i’m really scared,
    my sat scores didn’t turn up on tracking and now i’ll never know.
    guess it’s time to say bye.

  20. Joti says:

    Ahhh, two weeks! Well, good luck to all fellow applicants and to stop worrying, everyone go watch the lunar eclipse tonight. It’s a full moon so it should be extra spectacular!

  21. theresa says:

    geez.. this is “exciting” – like anxious exciting..
    is there really a lunar eclipse tonight? does anyone know what time?

  22. Anonymous says:

    Man. Wish I could do something about the anxiety that has started to build up. Pheeeww!! Who said ‘the hardest part was over’? :(

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hi Everybody !

    There’s a community at orkut :
    MIT Aspirants Clas of 2011
    I recommend you all to become a member of that community. It was started by Vishal Upadhayay, so search “Vishal Upadhayay”, and then through his profile you can locate the community; otherwise it’s very tough to locate the community.

    Remember, as per Ben, even the bottom 10% of the applicants are “very impressive”, which means that all of us are, “at least”, very impressive, as per someone from MIT. I think that at-least-very-impressive minds should form a group, irrespective of the decisions.

    PS: don’t blame me for the wrong spelling of
    the word “Class”, in the community’s name

  24. Titus says:

    My Eval. B was never shown as being received. I talked to the person whom i asked to write it, and he said that he sent it. How can I find out whether he forgot to send it but thinks he did, or it just got lost in the mail for a while? Also, how would the absence of this evaluation letter impact my application?

  25. Josh V says:

    Good luck to everyone!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Argh…

    Best I can express my feelings at the moment.

  27. Happy Holi Everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ankit Chandra
    Gaborone, BOTSWANA

  28. Thuita Maina says:

    It’s March 17th 2007 at noon. You are walking nervously along the street heading towards a cyber cafe. But this time you are not going to check your inbox or chat with friends; you are going to see what could change your destiny in life. You are going to see whether the very thing that was your dream of which you worked so hard to achieve has bore any fruits.
    All of sudden you are at the cyberspace. You try to access MIT site and due to nervousness you type wrong address a number of times. The web browser keeps telling you ‘the page cannot be displayed’. Your state of mind cheats you that the browser means you have been rejected! Hopeless you finally get into MyMIT page. You nervously type in your password and username slowly with your index finger. You ponder for a moment. Something tells you not to log in. Then some force from nowhere makes you hit the return key. And the page loads.
    A message appears. It reads ………………..

  29. bhushan says:

    accept me
    i hav lot to do abt

  30. bhushan says:

    excellent job Thuita Maina
    it really sounds what its going to be

  31. Hi thanks a lot for all the informations, my heart is still thrusting with my parents yelling at me to make good results at the HS.

    :((

    :((

  32. Susan Virgem says:

    AAHH!! Two weeks! It will be the two longest weeks in my life. Anyway, now is just relax, and for those who are really stressed out, try to occupy your free time reading books, playing sports (release adrenalin) or even joining a community work. If you do so, the anxiety about the decision will decrease a little bit.
    Good luck to all applicants!

  33. Chandresh says:

    I’m glad I had submitted an application before my final high school year; ’twas practically almost hopeless, but at least I was ready for deadlines well in advance this year. Yay…

  34. Someone told me that MIT doesn’t admit those students, who make call MIT by funny names.
    Oops! Now where do I stand?

  35. Anonymous says:

    Ahhh!

    I’m also in the same situation as Elizabeth. MIT is my first choice and also the first school I hear from… I don’t get decisions from anyone else until maybe end of March, the soonest.

    MIT being first… good thing? Bad thing?? I don’t know.

    What I do know is that I’m totally freaked out to find out. I want to know, but then again, I don’t. Yesterday, I was talking to my friend who also applied to MIT. We were joking that “now, all we have to do is wait for the rejection letters to come in…” Yeah, we were joking, but I can’t help but feel that that might be the case.

    But hey, gotta keep a positive outlook, yeah? We’ll see what happens. Good luck guys!

  36. Jimmy says:

    To quote you: “If we felt we needed to see midyear grades in order to make a decision…”

    If I wanted to know if that was true in my case, whether my mid year reports were ever looked at…how can I find out?

  37. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry Jimmy, but I don’t think you can. You see, if you were to send in a message, asking such a question, it would never reach the admissions committee for it is too late to send supplemental messages.

    P.S. Does it really matter with two weeks left before decisions come out and them having been deciding for nearly 2 and a half weeks?

  38. AB says:

    Scary, Anxiety, Excitement, Apprehension… A melting pot of emotions is what I’m carrying for the rest of the days.

    Best of Luck to Ya’ll!!

  39. Cobra129 says:

    Hmm My application status has not been updated yet. And yes I’m feeling the stress, international student, and with record high number of applicants this year… things aren’t seeming to be too good.

  40. Melissa '11 says:

    Hanna, I study Spanish, and I can understand you. Hehe =)

    Anyway, good luck regular applicants! I won’t lie, these two weeks drag – go and do stuff you love, though. There’s nothing you can do about admissions.

  41. Melissa '11 says:

    Thuita Maina,

    I didn’t even get passed the first line when I checked my status online. I just picked up my laptop and ran to my dad’s room, where the battery promptly fell out =)

  42. RK says:

    THanks to the records staff indeed. My midyear showed up when I checked at lunch yesterday, and then the tracking was taken down when I tried to show my mom after school. Hope that snuck it there in time -_-

    Good luck to all applicants (myself included)!
    T-minus THanks to the records staff indeed. My midyear showed up when I checked at lunch yesterday, and then the tracking was taken down when I tried to show my mom after school. Hope that snuck it there in time -_-

    Good luck to all applicants (myself included)!
    T-minus < two weeks…

  43. Amjad says:

    wow i just can’t imagine how it will be like, Friday night.
    hey what on earth did you do when you knew that you are admitted Melissa??? you didn’t sleep for about on whole month, did you?? lol
    OMG i can’t imagine what i will do if i find out that i’m admitted!!
    good luck to all of you.

  44. Ashley Jones says:

    I cannot agree with the guy who is feeling overly confident about getting into MIT. In fact, I am feeling woefully incompetent. Does anyone else find it exceptionally hard to actually open the letter or click the button? After so much waiting, it just comes down to one motion. After so much waiting, I find that I lack the courage to discover my fate. *gulp* It’s bad of the low acceptance rate, and most applicants are already in the top of their class, so the odds seem even less. does that make sense? Thanks guys, after reading the comments I’m even more stressed than before….

  45. UGH I’m applying next year, this post stresses me out, and makes me excited at the same time, I feel like I have done all that I can do in my school (minus senior year of course) but seeing the level of brains at this place is, dare I say, mind boggling. Any suggestions for what I can do to add a few awesomeness points to my applications. What have some of you guys done? STORY TIME !!!
    Yours truly,
    Hopeful applicant Travis

  46. Anonymous says:

    international admissions are really tough, they take only 110, thats the first and last time I wish I was an american citizen/resident, would have had a crack at 1000 slots rather than 110…shit!!!!i think there should be open competition for 1500 slots and we’ll see how many of the local students get in…i dont think they’ll take up more than a 100 seats….lolzz..but then again thats life, and you got to live with……..

  47. I do not know how you all are feeling, but as the deadline is approaching, Iam feeling a sudden flush of confidence in me….as the days are passing, iam getting a feeling that I will surely get in, like “Never say die” or “Nobody can stop me” thing……my brain says its competitive and mathematics support that fact, but I as a whole am tending to disagree…..I always become like that…..dont know why but as things come closer, the fear almost vanishes, may be thats the way I am….

    MIT..wait for me…..here I come!

    STOP ME IF YOU CAN….SMOKINNNNN…..IAM THE MASK!

  48. LilKraze says:

    OH WOW!
    2 weeks? The suspense might drive some people nuts… As for me that’ll be 2 years and 2 weeks, but that’s a different story (but this post does make me feel a bit edgy, and yet even more scared).

    GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!
    smile
    *cheers for everyone*

  49. Hanna says:

    Wish everyone a HAPPY HOLI FESTIVAL !! Everyone celebrating, enjoy urself and let go of the stress for today.

  50. Sara '11 says:

    Anonymous said – “international admissions are really tough, they take only 110, thats the first and last time I wish I was an american citizen/resident”

    but Anonymous – if you got into MIT, which you seem to want to do, and came here, wouldn’t you be residing in America anyways? That’s sort of a strong statement to make when you’re applying to an American school. Also, you seem to be implying that American students that get accepted to MIT aren’t nearly as qualified as the international admits. If that’s the case, then why aren’t there more incredible schools like MIT in other parts of the world, where their student bodies would be comprised of these superior international students? MIT’s student body is primarily American, but if these students weren’t qualified to be there, then, despite all the funding and money MIT gets from outside sources, it simply wouldn’t have the reputation it has. And that reputation is the reason you’re bothering to apply to an American school, isn’t it?

  51. Maverick says:

    God. 2 weeks… It seems like yesterday when I first thought of MIT as THE PLACE in which I wanted to study, and if I’m not mistaken, it’s already been like… 6 years since it crossed my mind, and as time went by, my affinity towards MIT has grown a LOT. Still, I feel like these 2 weeks will be longer than the past 6 years.

    I would like to tell all the other applicants not to loose hope. I’ve read about people who where the top in their classes, people who aced the SATs, played three instruments and used to write for the community newspaper get rejected. So don’t loose hope, just because you didn’t get 2400 in your SAT I, or 800 in any of your SATs II, doesn’t mean you won’t get in.

    In short (or… kind of short): keep your hopes up, we all stand a chance, and if it doesn’t happen it’s probably because it wasn’t meant to happen. Perhaps those us who get rejected will have a better time and career at some other place that is not MIT and attend MIT to do a Masters degree or a PHD. No matter what the outcome situation is, it is not the end of the world, as some people said before, but the beginning of something new.

  52. Maverick says:

    God. 2 weeks… It seems like yesterday when I first thought of MIT as THE PLACE in which I wanted to study, and if I’m not mistaken, it’s already been like… 6 years since it crossed my mind, and as time went by, my affinity towards MIT has grown a LOT. Still, I feel like these 2 weeks will be longer than the past 6 years.

    I would like to tell all the other applicants not to loose hope. I’ve read about people who where the top in their classes, people who aced the SATs, played three instruments and used to write for the community newspaper get rejected. So don’t loose hope, just because you didn’t get 2400 in your SAT I, or 800 in any of your SATs II, doesn’t mean you won’t get in.

    In short (or… kind of short): keep your hopes up, we all stand a chance, and if it doesn’t happen it’s probably because it wasn’t meant to happen. Perhaps those us who get rejected will have a better time and career at some other place that is not MIT and attend MIT to do a Masters degree or a PHD. No matter what the outcome situation is, it is not the end of the world, as some people said before, but the beginning of something new. GOOD LUCK!

  53. Maverick says:

    sorry for the 2 posts… just forgot to wish good luck to all of you raspberry

  54. Anonymous says:

    thats a relief. sorry for submitting them 3 times.

  55. Chandresh says:

    Who’s writing the APMO? It’s on March 12 in my region. I quote an associate: “plenty stress over the next two weeks,” but it could be [an admittedly exhausting] joyride. What do you think?

    APMO = Asian-Pacific Math’ Olympiad

  56. Hanna says:

    from Mauritius. Am not Hindu, if that’s what u’re asking. But, since we are a multicultural country, we celebrate festivals from almost all religions. from the chinese festival to Eid, Divali, Christmas & Holi etc However, the ONE festival i most regret we dont celebrate is Halloween :=( Thats the bestest festival in the WHOLE world. LOl.In my humble opinion. Where are U from , madman?

  57. sara,

    i don’t think anonymous was saying anything against the american students that are accepted to mit. he/she was just pointing out that international admissions is far more competitive, because mit wants no more than 8% of its classes to be international — thus, only about 100 foreign students are accepted each year. this means that, even though the inernational pool may be as qualified as the us one, it is competing for a proportionally smaller number of spots.

    plus, you have to keep in mind that often schools outside the us are much more competitive and rigorous, and many international students have trudged through much more advanced material than the us public school system covers. so it is very probable that, if there were no limits, the acceptance rate for intls would be higher.

    and don’t be offended by anonymous’ remark that it is the only time he/she would wish to be an american citizen — it’s pretty normal to love your own country and not wish to be part of another. the fact that he/she wants to come to mit to study may be due more to the unique characteristics of the institute and not be motivated by admiration for america.

  58. Ormen says:

    Hi! I have a quick question regarding sec. school grades: unfortunately it looks like i’m going to recieve a D in French (because i spend most of my time working with science and math, that is..) i have Bs and As in everything except french. is one single “deal breaker” acceptable? (i’m from europe)

  59. sara '11 says:

    naturalized – you’re right on all counts, it’s just that to me, Anonymous’s comment seemed to be really dismissive of America & American students. that being said, best of luck to everyone!!

  60. Daniel says:

    Thanks Ben! Well, I hope everyone gets accepted to the college that is righ for them. Here’s something to dwell on for the next couple of weeks… =)

    A = 1000 / (17 – d)

    Where A represents Anxiety (measured in fingernail fragments) and d represents the current day in the month of March.

  61. Hanna says:

    Tu étudies le Français à l’école, Ormen? Cool, I speak French too. My island was a French colony smile Tu viens de quel pays exactement?
    Actually, I think that just having a foreign language in your CV is a big thing when applying. I dont believe that a D is gonna b such a “deal breaker” when others cant boast about a second language at all. Good luck…

  62. Ja Hyun Cho says:

    I didn’t have access to the Internet for about a week, and just found out that MyMIT Tracking page no longer works. I was pretty serene until now, but reading all these posts is starting to make me nervous. Hope we can all get in. Best of luck to everyone!

  63. yohini says:

    Oh, my god! Two weeks… I am so tensed up! I know all the others are tensed too. Good luck, everyone.

  64. Hanna says:

    QuriousQreature,
    The dumbest jokes are always the best ones. Continue making us laugh smile It greatly helps with the stress of waiting.

  65. Anonymous says:

    all contacts can be found at:

    web.mit.edu/people.html

  66. I am from India, and I dont ask whether ya are hindu or not in the way, cause it’s demoting humanity. Just asked cause your name don’t seem to be INDIAN in first glance, but ya know the festival.

    I wonder how many of you are getting pressure from parents as well? My parents are pressurizing me to make a good score in the hs, in case I am rejected from MIT

  67. Thuita Maina

    ya figured it right wink I am constantly having typos….

    Chandresh

    Did you participate in APMO?

    LilKraze

    You will soon join the list of anxious people.

    Anyhow best of luck (By the rings of aturn, I did correct the typo in this word, just imagine what it could be :(:(|) to all

  68. *****************************************saturn

  69. I am from India. My girlfriend in Japan (42, married to an doctorate engineer, with 2 kids, still my girlfriend) is eagerly waiting for my acceptance.

    Please accept me. Just to make her happy.

  70. Hey did you know

    sinx
    —- = x
    six

    how ?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    s,i,x get cancelled, since they are present in both numerator and denominator wink

    I never said that the numerator = “sine of x”
    denominator = 6

    you assumed the expression to mean that; that’s not my fault!
    I never asked you to assume anything
    PS: s,i,x are non-zero!

  71. Anonymous says:

    sorry ! there’s a correction

    sinx
    —- = n
    six

  72. That anonymous was me

  73. Anonymouws says:

    to Madman who makes people fly,
    your girlfriend is 42!!!!!! No wonder you call yourself madman! I 18 and never had a girlfriend; that is one thing which I lack. It’s not that I look like a nerd or something, or have any other trait which has prevented me from having a girlfriend.

    Though I am humble, and hate to boast, and those who boast too much, unnecessarily, I know many dumb guys being successful in relationships, I couldn’t even start a relationship! That’s is because when I was around 11 I got rejected by a girl, and since then I never had the courage to propose or something. Considering my age I feel I am really stupid, but after reading your post I am sure I am a billion times luckier, and smarter, and simultaneously less dumber than some boy who at the age of 17/18/19 has 42 yr old girlfriend!
    I think because of the age difference a more appropriate term would be aunt-friend wink and not girlfriend

    PS: I know most of you must be thinking is this the time to discuss a dumb issue like this…Yes…at least it’s not the usual oh! I am so worried I wish I get into MIT …..at least some off-topic posts add some literary contrast to what you are reading, which obviously is makes reading more enjoyable!

  74. Snively says:

    Madman’s girlfriend is obviously the answer to life, the universe and everything. . . either that or a dolphin.

    Thanks for all the fish!

  75. Qiji says:

    Very stressful moment, yes, indeed..

  76. Jessica says:

    I am way ueberly anxious for the 17th. And to Snively, are we talking 42?

  77. Qiji says:

    To Anonymouws:
    It would never be dumb to discuss about any issues in MIT, I personally would not accept the fact that smart people only talk about high level topics, it’s just a dumb way to avoid life then.. But anyway, what’s the big deal of having relationship prior or when you 18? Haha, I am sixteen and I am applying to MIT, I thought that age is never the difference in life. I guess loads of girls would like you if you just be a benevolent person and always ready to save the days. (let’s not turn this forum into a single male’s party) But anyway, good luck to your rest of college apps and life..grin

  78. Snively says:

    We are indeed talking 42. Got your towel handy?

  79. Hanna says:

    Hmmmm…. the jokes gettimg dumber and dumber smile Note, however, that I did not say funnier and funnier this time….Lol.

  80. Dear Reader
    Is the refracrive index of your brain 1?
    If you can’t answer this question with full confidence, despite knowing what “refractive index of a medium” means, then there is no need to tax your brain too much, because it means that most probably the refractive index of your brain is indeed actually 1.

    By the way, the refractive medium of my brain is 0!

  81. Tim says:

    It is as if the tension can be cut with a knife.
    Great to know that there is another Tim Applicant to MIT.Tim, you can reach me at wumborti(at)yahoo(dot)com. i hope we both make this final lap.

  82. AB says:

    Okay.. After signing off my MIT portal, I decided to ease my seriously stressed, anxious mind. So I took to the jungle along with my driver. After about two hours of safari and nightfall fast approaching, we decided it was time to leave. But along the way, Murphy’s Law, I had a feeling that something would go wrong (wish I don’t have such on 17th) and it sure did. Our vehicle broke down. It wouldn’t start. My driver checked the engine and said, ” I have a good news and a bad news.. the bad news is that the two cylinder engines have broken down and need to be replaced. We might have to camp here or walk back home. Now the good news is that we weren’t in a plane…” Am I supposed to laugh?? lol

  83. Hanna says:

    Dear QuriousQreature,
    R u sure u did not mistake the refractive index of ur brain wid ur IQ? =) Am joking ok. No offense meant. In fact, am refreshing this page everytime just to see wat silly joke u’ve posted again. Lol…
    Good luck smile

  84. AB says:

    Just thought I’d share something. MIT decisions can really be stressful. I mean.. After all those months, actually 1 year for me, of working, learning, writing essays, travelling to get my recommendations and reports (Am an international student and my school’s in another country), after all those works & talks, comes down to that one fateful day 17th. GOD!! I feel the weight. Expectations here (in my family and friends) are flying extremely high.. I can’t do anything but cringe to my seat, stare at the computer.. waiting.. for that day. that day that will change my life, for good or bad. I have no idea.

    But whatever the decisions, hmm, MIT (I dreamed on it, slept on it) SO!! PUHLEEEZZ jeezz..

    Best of LUCK to ALL!!

  85. Anonymous says:

    don’t panic

    *in large friendly letters*

  86. AB says:

    Can anyone prove that 2+2=22??

  87. To All

    You didn’t notice that my gf is already married to an doctorate engineer, with 2 kids.

    And well, she first proposed that she would be my “mother” instead — but is my girlfriend.

    And I had been rejected by almost 100 girls already, “They Came, They Saw, They Won, They Enjoyed, They Rejected”. Now I have only one left!

    I don’t know why they are not stable with me. My personalty tests confirm that as a boyfriend I am “Cool like sea breeze, Dream guy etc.” And PEOPLE SAY I am above average smartness here, still it’s an unsolved mystery. :-?

    Congrats for all who enjoy a relationship.

  88. Jess says:

    So I will at this page from 12:01 am on the 17th, refreshing until I get my decision. Ich bin sehr nervös.

  89. Anonymous says:

    prove: 2+2=22

    let a=2.
    => a+a=aa
    => 2a=a^2
    => 2*2=2^2
    => 4=4

    ??

    speaking of silly jokes…

  90. Snively says:

    • Proof by obviousness: “The proof is so clear that it need not be mentioned.”
    • Proof by general agreement: “All in favor?…”
    • Proof by imagination: “Well, we’ll pretend it’s true…”
    • Proof by convenience: “It would be very nice if it were true, so…”
    • Proof by necessity: “It had better be true, or the entire structure of mathematics would crumble to the ground.”
    • Proof by plausibility: “It sounds good, so it must be true.”
    • Proof by intimidation: “Don’t be stupid; of course it’s true!”
    • Proof by lack of sufficient time: “Because of the time constrait, I’ll leave the proof to you.”
    • Proof by postponement: “The proof for this is long and arduous, so it is given to you in the appendix.”
    • Proof by accident: “Hey, what have we here?!”
    • Proof by insignificance: “Who really cares anyway?”
    • Proof by profanity: * * * * * QE f****** D
    • Proof by definition: “We define it to be true.”
    • Proof by tautology: “It’s true because it’s true.”
    • Proof by plagarism: “As we see on page 289,…”
    • Proof by lost reference: “I know I saw it somewhere….”
    • Proof by calculus: “This proof requires calculus, so we’ll skip it.”
    • Proof by terror: When intimidation fails…
    • Proof by lack of interest: “Does anyone really want to see this?”
    • Proof by illegibility: *Scribble scribble scribble*
    • Proof by logic: “If it is on the problem sheet, it must be true!”
    • Proof by majority rule: Only to be used if general agreement is impossible.
    • Proof by clever variable choice: “Let A be the number such that this proof works…”
    • Proof by tessellation: “This proof is the same as the last.”
    • Proof by divine word: “…And the Lord said, ‘Let it be true,’ and it was true.”
    • Proof by stubbornness: “I don’t care what you say- it is true.”
    • Proof by simplification: “This proof reduced to the statement 1 + 1 = 2.”
    • Proof by hasty generalization: “Well, it works for 17, so it works for all reals.”
    • Proof by deception: “Now everyone turn their backs…”
    • Proof by supplication: “Oh please, let it be true.”
    • Proof by poor analogy: “Well, it’s just like…”
    • Proof by avoidance: Limit of proof by postponement as it approaches infinity
    • Proof by design: If it’s not true in today’s math, invent a new system in which it is.
    • Proof by authority: “Well, Don Knuth says it’s true, so it must be!”
    • Proof by intuition: “I have this gut feeling.”

  91. To madman
    Mr. madman if you aren’t having stable relationships , it means that there’s some area of your personality, and things around you, on which you need to concentrate, to find out what’s the fault?
    Personality tests aren’t quite accurate, at times, and there are some exceptions like you!

  92. QuriousQreature’s Question1.

    Que1 Once upon a time a person kept three bananas in front of an elephant. The elephant ate only two of them? Can you guess why did the elephant not eat the third banana? Please don’t read any further, and first think about it for, at least, 5 minutes, before looking at the answer.

    Answer [scroll down]:
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Because the third banana was made of plastic!


    Don’t get angry dear reader! Please continue reading.

    QuriousQreature Question2

    Once upon a time three bananas were kept in front
    an elephant. The elephant did not eat any banana.
    Can you guess why the elephant, in this case, didn’t eat any banana?

    Answer [scroll down]:
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Because the elephant was made of plastic!

    wink

  93. Anonymous says:

    can anybody please confirm if Ben’s personal email id is : benjones at mit dot edu

    and Matt’s : mcgann at mit dot edu

    urgent, please help.

    thanxx

  94. Dear all
    I just wanted to tell you that James Bond 007, QuriousQreature are my pen names.

  95. Anonymous says:

    You know if I get into MIT, I will have two dates of birth :
    My current date of birth and March 17, 2007
    Because I’ll feel that I have got a new life? I wish I could get into
    “am I Tea?”

  96. Adam S. says:

    Snively-

    The proof by logic is, by far, the best! For a proof that I couldn’t seem to do on a math test, I wrote that it must be true because we were asked to prove it. My professor thought it was clever, so he gave me half credit..

  97. Viksit says:

    Hey, that was me asking for Ben’s and Matt’s email id. My friend wrote this comment for me and forgot to add my name to it.

    Help me guys. Madman?

  98. Ishan says:

    A year of worry, tension and anxiety comes down to a click. How do you manage to even click that mouse?

  99. Audrey H. says:

    Yesterday I had a band competition, and for one day I didn’t think about getting mail from colleges (i.e. MIT). Now, I’m edgy as all get out after reading this blog and its comments. So much for the wonderful peace of trumpet playing, LOL.

    Good luck and hopefully we’ll all get brass rats in a few years. :o)