A ping pong match on campus in front of a building I can’t quite identify. Undated.
Here we see two young women fighting over a robot.
A cool robot. It is wearing shades!
Eight hundred students take Placement Tests at the University of Chicago Field House (1945)
I promise that placement tests aren’t as scary or as Kafkaesque as they look in this photo.
Better Know a Major, Part Three: Linguistics
Languages available for study: Armenian, Basque, Tamil, Hittite, Kazakh, Pali, Ge’ez, Old Church Slavonic, Romani, Albanian, and many more (but not Elvish). You’ll also learn how languages work and their components from a scientific standpoint.
Sneakiest Class: The Language of Deception and Humor. This class examines lying and joking through developmental and neurological perspectives, then places them in their social contexts as tools to communicate.
Choice Professor: Susan Gal. Distinguished Service Professor in Anthropology, Linguistics, and the College. Studies gender, mass communication, and language change. Teaches “Professional Persuasions: The Rhetoric of Expertise in Modern Life.”
The CIA has a lovely style guide to help us all be better writers. Thanks, the Central Intelligence Agency!
Chicago’s Most Glamorous Women, Collier’s Magazine, 1953, Chicago.
Among this group of (all white) women, there is a Comiskey, a Swift, a Field, a Wirtz, a Goldblatt, and a Mendel.
What’s interesting (and telling of the time) is that all the women are listed by their husband’s name, i.e. Mrs. Marshall Field.
The lone rebel is a Mrs. Susan Gordon Bent, who refused to use her husband’s name.
A window into a strange and backwards time.
Rush and Oak, 1975, Chicago.
Barneys New York now occupies this corner.
Yay! Matt is awesome and, to be fair, the rest of us are awesome too— you can check out when we’ll be visiting your area of the country online here, https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/visiting/chicagovisitsyou.
I went to school at the University of Chicago. Which is—it was a very dark and dismal place, at the time that I was a student there. It’s a very good school, and a lot of smart people go there —we have a lot of Nobel prize winners— but it’s not a very fun place to attend. It’s on the south side of Chicago, it’s very cold and very wintery. And at the time that I was there, we didn’t even have a student center. There was a study that was commissioned by a group at Harvard, of the top 300 universities in the country, and they rated them according to various different criteria, like academic standards, and campus quality and social life. And we ranked 300 out of 300, right under the Naval Academy. It was just—the only social life occurred in the basement of the Regenstein library.
And then we had this one thing every year, which was the University of Chicago scavenger hunt, which was amazing. Everyone on campus participated for four days, in this thing, and they came out of their caves, and had an amazing time. And there were some great items on the scavenger hunt list for the University of Chicago. My girlfriend at the time was on another team —she was also a student there, she’s now my wife— and she came into my room one night and said “hey, hey Mi—” I was one of the few kids at school who had a car, and she said, “hey, can I borrow your car?” And I said, “why do you wanna borrow my car?” And she said, “well, I found a place up in Wisconsin that’s got some sheep.” Because one of the items on the scavenger hunt list was three live sheep. And I said, “oh, no, you cannot borrow my car to go pick up—” you know, it was a sedan, with upholstered seats, I don’t want her going to pick up sheep in it. She did end up waiting until I fell asleep and stealing the keys and taking my car anyway. And then the sheep spent the day in my car, unbeknownst to me. They didn’t even bother to lay newspaper down. They were just, uh, grinding their own feces into the seats, and chewing on the upholstery.
Other items on that scavenger hunt list that year were a Hooters waitress. So a team would have to acquire a Hooters waitress and bring them to the event. But my wife went and got a job at Hooters, got hired, got the wardrobe, and then, you know, showed up herself. She was good at this.
So anyway, I had a great time doing those scavenger hunts at school. And then I got on a TV show, and I built up something of a Twitter following, and found that people would kind of, strangely, do whatever I said. It gave me this incredible sense of power, and I think that I started to take advantage of it, and I combined these two things —people doing what I say and my love of scavenger hunts— and started this little experiment, which totally took off. We now have three Guinness World Records under our belt in two years, which is pretty good.
Pursuant to our post of Scav’s world record certificate, a quote about the other world’s largest scavenger hunt.
We had a request to feature more media fanzines, so here is a box, chosen at random, from the incredible Mariellen “Ming” Wathne Fanzine Collection (MsC 313). [Read about the AMAZING collection here!]
This particular box includes Beauty and the Beast and B&tB crossover fanzines dating from 1988-1992. Beauty and the Beast was a CBS show from 1987-1990 starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Pearlman with George R. R. Martin as a writer and producer!
Stop by and read!
It’s not quite Game of Thrones, but we’ll take it.
|—||Abraham Lincoln, notoriously generous reviewer of bad literature (via openbookstore)|
2011.277: And now, let’s talk seriously for a moment. We’ve been together for 25 years now, and we think it’s time to make it official. On Friday evening, at 5:30 p.m., come to the University Avenue entrance to the Quads to set a new world record for the largest scavenger hunt.
"Weird Al" Yankovic, hero to us all, has a new music video out to accompany his latest album, and it truly is a pinnacle of musical achievement. Watch “Tacky” at Nerdist.