Did You Know?

100 years ago
March 25, 1908

Carnegie Tech holds its first mock trial meeting, which, according The Tartan, will let its future lawyers to “allow their tongues full play.” Later, the newspaper states that it expects a large audience, as, “A great sensation is inevitable.” The more you look into it, the more it seems like anything printed in 1908 is one giant sexual innuendo.

50 years ago
March 25, 1958

“It was sad,” states a Coca-Cola ad, “when that great ship went down and the last thing to leave the sinking ship was a bottle of Coca-Cola. That’s because all hands stuck to Coke in the end.” Luckily, Coke wrote this good-humored ad a year before the good ship Coke-tanic sunk, in which thousands of cases of Coke were lost to the Atlantic.

25 years ago
March 15, 1983

Providing solace to students suffering from MASH withdrawal, a Tartan staffwriter quizzes devoted fans about their favorite show. Sample questions are “Where is Hawkeye from?”, “What is Radar’s full name?”, and “How did you find any time to watch MASH while studying at Carnegie Mellon?”

10 years ago
March 16, 1998

A woman employed by Carnegie Mellon suffers from muffinitis. After confirming that there were no nuts in her muffin with a local vendor, the woman made a nutty discovery after a couple bites. Despite the vendor’s assurances, the muffin contained nuts. Campus Police were contacted, and they noticed the girl had difficulty speaking and suffered from swollen eyes and mouth. Do you know the muffin man? If so, please contact health services immediately.

5 years ago
March 17, 2003

How many digits of pi do you know? If it’s more than two, you might give enough of a damn to participate in Carnegie Mellon’s annual pi day. For the 2003 program, students held a “pi your professor” event and chalked 8192 digits of pi on the sidewalks. An innocent bystander quickly corrected chalkers on digit 5459, which is clearly a 4, not an 8.

1 year ago
March 26, 2007

Carnegie Mellon alumnus Scott Weiss makes Jeopardy history, ending the show in a three-way tie with his contestants. Much more important, however, is his background at our school, serving as a teaching assistant for 21-111 Calculus for Humanities Students. Some complained that the show was rigged, as categories for the show included “Humanitarian Integrals” and “Polynomials and Their Authors.”