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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Saturday January 19, 2002
07:03 PM

MIT Freshman Syndrome

[ #2261 ]
Dear Log,

Me and some friends chatting about a serious condition to which you might know the cure:

Torgo X: [I describe a painful interaction with someone who makes a point of stating the obvious and waiting for people to recognize his brilliance.]

Slappy Morocco: "It's the MIT syndrome."

Torgo X: "What's 'MIT Syndrome'?"

Slappy Morocco: "Well, unfortunately, most smart people grow up thinking (correctly) that they're the smartest person around. So they tend to second-guess everyone around them. This becomes a problem when they start interacting with other smart kids. E.g., freshman year, MIT."

Cloneborg: "Yeah, and then they go to MIT, and are still as smart, but aren't the smartEST. But they're quite used to the idea that whenever they open their mouth, it's something which no-one else has ever thought of before."

Torgo X: "...and which will impress their professor and get them a gold star!"

Slappy Morocco: "And that's the MIT Syndrome!"

Cloneborg: "The arrogance of the average MIT student is boggling. It's like getting accepted to MIT was the achievement of a lifetime and everyone else should learn to understand that."

The question is, what is the cure? Suggestions so far have included: pantsing, and jumper cables.

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