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Woot! by Paul B. '11

My t-shirt is funnier than your t-shirt.

One seemingly minor, yet important, change I’ve noticed between college life and high school life is that getting mail is incredibly exciting. Whether it’s postcards from friends overseas, care packages from my parents, birthday wishes from my sisters and grandmother, or even things I ordered for myself online, I really do love getting mail.

At this point, you may be wondering, dear reader, why I’m pontificating about the joys of getting mail. Well, for one, I wanted something to take my mind off of linear algebra and eigenvalues for a little bit by blogging. And more importantly, and more to the point of this entry, some shirts I ordered finally arrived in the mail today.

I love funny t-shirts. :)

26 responses to “Woot!”

  1. Noelle says:

    I’ve always loved getting mail too, except now in high school excessive college mail really ruins the thrill…

    “Hey look I’ve got mail! Oh wait, it’s just another letter from some school I’ve never heard of. Boo.”

  2. anonymous says:

    Very funny t-shirts!

    Paul, will you blog about the 2011 Sesquicentennial (150) MIT Anniversary? We would also like to know more about the class of 2011 being designated the Sesquicentennial Class and your appointment to the MIT150 steering committee as a representative from ’11. The article posted online makes the anniversary sound very exciting! Take a look!

  3. Ehsan says:

    Maaaa…. Can I keep’em.

  4. Alim says:

    LOL x Infinity

  5. Reena says:

    Ihr koennt auch Deutsch?! :D

  6. Steph says:

    The doughnut shirt is hilarious.

  7. Michelle says:

    oh, hey! ich bin eine Ermordung [murder]!

    (I write this in reference to the donuts; please tell me you know the history behind that statement!)

  8. Oasis '11 says:

    “I really do love getting mail.”

    Hmm try starting a mini-business on ebay.

    About a month ago I was sending so much mail that I was making 2 trips a day to the post office and getting so many bundles/packages of goods from my PO Box that I couldn’t fit in my backpack anymore. I rerouted the mail to a PO Box because I don’t think New House desk would appreciate me for giving them too much extra work wink

  9. Anonymous says:

    lol the doughnut shirt!

  10. Ahmed says:

    Ich bin ein Berliner.

    Contrary to popular belief, JFK’s statement was both grammatically and idiomatically correct.

  11. Paul says:

    @Michelle: Hah, very funny. I approve. smile

    @Ahmed: Yeah, I once got mad at my high-school history teacher for telling us that story, without mentioning no one in the audience actually thought JFK called himself a jelly doughnut.

    @Reena: I don’t actually speak German, sorry. :( Ask Sam?

    @Anonymous: Yes, I will absolutely be taking more about the Sesquicentennial! I’m very excited that students and faculty are working together to help plan the celebration, and you can rest assured I’ll blog about it in the future. As the article says, most of the details are being kept under wraps for now, but I’ll do my best to write about it when it’s most appropriate. smile

  12. Coleen says:

    I love woot! My physics teacher shows us the item of the day everyday. I guess one would say it has become a physics tradition.

    You should check out threadless if you like cool t-shirts, it’s where I get all of mine smile

  13. Terra says:

    I love shirtwoot!!!!
    I’ve never met anyone else who shops at woot! I really do belong at MIT…

  14. Paul says:

    @Coleen: I am also known to buy shirts from Threadless and Bustedtees, on occasion. smile

  15. Chris O says:

    LMAO with mail like that i’d be excited too :D

  16. Banerjee says:

    Haah!! They’re hilarious!! Maybe I should get myself some too…

  17. Monorina says:

    I love tees like that one. I also get stuff from Bustedtees.

  18. Wiki Wiki says:

    hey, WWWWWWWWoooooooooottttttttttttttttt! 17

  19. Yangrui says:

    I have a question:

    May I apply MIT’s aerospace and aeronautics major?

    Since I’m applying from a foreign country and my high school research was on fluid dynamics, I feel that aerospace engineering is suit for me. However I heard that this major is sensitive that the chance is little. So I am in a dilemma of whether to apply.

    Xie Xie(Thank you)

  20. JWC '12 says:

    Every time I get something in the mail, it feels like Christmas.

    I need to stop buying stuff.

  21. Alex says:

    Nice shirts!

  22. Ben says:


    What is the copyright status on these designs?

  23. Ben says:


    Ni hao! ni shi cong zhong guo lai de ma? (Hello! Are you from China?)

    Well, in response to your question. When you apply to MIT, you don’t apply to any specific colleges/majors (although you can put your major and it is one of the prompts), instead, you are applying to MIT as an whole. So you can put aerospace engineering as your major, but it’s your personality and suitability to MIT that really counts.

    Best of luck to your college apps, I am working on mine too. ^_^

    -Ben Zheng

  24. Paul says:

    Yangrui – Sorry for not answering your question earlier. Yes, what Ben says is correct. While the admissions committee will consider your intended major, there are no “quotas” for specific majors at MIT. Your passion for aerospace engineering specifically (and your knowledge of fluid dynamics) will be considered; however, as Ben said, it’s your match to MIT that matters the most.

    Best of luck.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Paul – You’re welcome! Thank you for your answer that relieved me.
    Hey Ben, I’m from China! It’s glad to see Chinese post here!