MIT Admissions Letter

Too funny. Posted on Scribd: MIT certainly has a reputation to be proud of, but its admissions department went a little over-board, I think. The first letter is an honest-to-goodness mailing from MIT, the second is one prospective student’s reply: Recruitment letter: Mr. John T. Mongan 123 Main Street Smalltown, California 94123-4567 Dear John: You’ve got the grades. You’ve certainly got the PSAT scores. And now you’ve got a letter from MIT. Maybe you’re surprised. Most students would be. But you’re not most students. And that’s exactly why I urge you to consider carefully one of the most selective universities…

Funny

 Via Language Log: Jennifer Gilmore’s report on her family’s Christmas celebration, in the New York Times Magazine “Lives” column of 12/24/06, “Jewish Family Christmas”: My father, who is 100 percent Jewish, has always been obsessed with Christmas. He grew up in Minneapolis, in an unobservant household, and he considers it part of his childhood. ”I remember the lights, the trees,” he used to say to my little sister and me. ”It was magical.” He decorates the mantel with Christmas cards and tapes mistletoe to the doorways, and one year he even tried to get my mother, also Jewish, with a…

Drink More Coffee

Latte Art Wow: Coffee and Health: Health Benefits of Coffee Coffee has been a medical whipping boy for so long that it may come as a surprise that recent research suggests that drinking moderate amounts of coffee (two to four cups per day) provides a wide range of health benefits. Most of these benefits have been identified through statistical studies that track a large group of subjects over the course of years and match incidence of various diseases with individual habits, like drinking coffee, meanwhile controlling for other variables that may influence that relationship. According to a spate of such…

Gorilla mother and child

How very cool (from Associated Press): BRISTOL, England – A western lowland gorilla has given birth at a zoo in southwest England after being given a fertility drug that is normally used on humans, zoo officials said Friday. The baby gorilla was born at Bristol Zoo Gardens on Dec. 15, the zoo’s deputy director Dr. Bryan Carroll said. Looks familiar somehow…

“The Psychological Consequences of Money”

Via Hullabaloo (who got it from Indystar.com abstracted from Science): A team of psychologists has discovered why money can’t buy happiness. Pictures of dollar bills, fantasies of wealth and even wads of Monopoly money arouse feelings of self-sufficiency that result in selfish and often anti-social behavior, according to a study published in the journal Science. … A series of nine experiments confirmed their hypothesis. For example, students who played Monopoly and then were asked to envision a future with great wealth picked up fewer dropped pencils for a fellow student than those asked to contemplate a hand-to-mouth existence. This is…