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University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt Returns

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the can't-find-what-you-don't-look-for dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 91

mresolver writes "We've discussed it in previous years, and now the world's largest scavenger hunt at the University of Chicago has returned. The event may be best known for the working breeder reactor students built for the 1999 hunt. This year, some of the 330 list items (PDF) include 3-D (and 4-D) Twister, a hand-built Theremin, a recreation of the Moon landing, the world's largest Newton's Cradle, and hyperbolic crocheting."

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This really makes my (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19087279)

balls itch.

Also on the list (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19087301)

one First Post

a recreation of the Moon landing (4, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087309)

a recreation of the Moon landing


We're gonna need a whole lot of Mentos and Diet Coke for that one!

Re: a recreation of the Moon landing (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087431)

hyperbolic crocheting.
FWIW I knitted a hyperbolic paraboloid for math class in high school.

Re: a recreation of the Moon landing (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19088355)

Yeah. To crochet a hyperbolic plane, just double one stich in every n stitches (the smaller n, the more negative the curvature). It's one of the easiest things to crochet at all. There was actually an article in the Mathematical Intelligencer a while back about it, where the intended audience was people with no crocheting experience at all.

Klein bottles and projective planes are much more interesting to crochet, and still very much possible. It's even possible to crochet arbitrary Seifert surfaces fairly easily.

Re: a recreation of the Moon landing (1)

dosle (794546) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087633)

Number 134: Screw the Salute - Diet Coke and Mentos Jetpack!

Re: a recreation of the Moon landing (2, Informative)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088003)

Oddly enough, #134:

"Screw the salute--Diet Coke and Mentos jetpack!"

Killing two birds with one stone.

Re: a recreation of the Moon landing (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092961)

Contestants should refrain from damaging the Tranquility Base site.

Hyperbolic Crocheting (2, Funny)

sclaughl (1037308) | more than 7 years ago | (#19093083)

Boy that brings back some memories. When I was in college, my crotch was the subject of much hyperbole. Oh crocheting... never mind.

i knew it (4, Funny)

mastershake_phd (1050150) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087399)

a recreation of the Moon landing

The moon landing was staged at the university of Chicago!

Illegal operation (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19087427)

A published musical composition in [delta] time. [4([delta] 1) points]
I don't get it -- how do you subtract a scalar (1) from an ordered pair ([delta])?

Re:Illegal operation (1)

Chysn (898420) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090111)

Sheesh, some people just don't understand music.

Re:Illegal operation (1)

CalSolt (999365) | more than 7 years ago | (#19093051)

It's not an ordered pair, it's a fraction- like 4/4 time = 1.

The challenging part is finding an uncommonly "large" time like 16/4 (4/4 is the most common AFAIK).

Re:Illegal operation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19093817)

You're probably right, but is it really wise to teach people that 4/4 time is identical to 2/2, and 6/8 to 3/4?

Re:Illegal operation (1)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | more than 7 years ago | (#19094235)

Well, half a cake is quantantively equal to two quarters of a cake, or four eighths, eight sixteenths etc. This doesn't mean that they are physically identical.

Half a cake can only be in one place. Two quarters of a cake can be in at most two places. Four eighths, up to four.

Two quarters of a cake cannot be recombined into half a cake: the cut is final and everyone knows this, but for some odd reason we abstract this out of our mathematical teaching models. Which is where the problem you highlight comes in: 2/2 is quantatively equivalent to 4/4, but not qualatively, and as we only consider fractions quantatively, talking fractions confuses musicians.

HAL.

Re:Illegal operation (1)

mikiN (75494) | more than 7 years ago | (#19095401)

When does a piece of cake stop being a piece of cake?

If I eat half a cake and give you the other half, wouldn't you call your piece half a cake?
Continue on, eat half your piece and pass the rest to me, I'll eat half of that and pass the rest on to you.

Trick question: who eats the last piece of cake (assuming fair play, of course)?
Super-trick question: if you would repeat this experiment many times, what would be the distribution of the outcomes?

Morale of this story: you cant have your cake and eat it, too.

Re:Illegal operation (1)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 7 years ago | (#19146857)

When does a piece of cake stop being a piece of cake? If I eat half a cake and give you the other half, wouldn't you call your piece half a cake? Continue on, eat half your piece and pass the rest to me, I'll eat half of that and pass the rest on to you. Trick question: who eats the last piece of cake (assuming fair play, of course)? Super-trick question: if you would repeat this experiment many times, what would be the distribution of the outcomes? Morale of this story: you cant have your cake and eat it, too.

Not sure about philosophically, but of course when you start splitting hadrons to cut the cake, you've practically found your limit ;)

As for an ultimate answer, I'd say it's when either the shortest dimension or overall mass drops to the Planck length/mass.

Cor... (0, Offtopic)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087479)

All I do is Geocache :o(

PDF sucks (0, Troll)

slimey_limey (655670) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087575)

What is up with PDF documents? (In this case, the list of items.) Why can't people just use normal hypertext? It makes it harder for people like me to view.

Re:PDF sucks (4, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087617)

The first item on the list is the list itself.

You don't want them to make it too easy to get, do you?

Re:PDF sucks (3, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087627)

What is up with PDF documents? (In this case, the list of items.) Why can't people just use normal hypertext? It makes it harder for people like me to view.

Hypertext doesn't print friendly from your browser.

Re:PDF sucks (4, Funny)

RingDev (879105) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087773)

Well there's your problem! What the heck are you doing trying to print from MY browser?

-Rick

Re:PDF sucks (2, Informative)

J0nne (924579) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088885)

Ever heard of print stylesheets?

Re:PDF sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091711)

Why the hell would they want to take a nice LaTeX typeset document and fuck it up by converting to HTML?

Re:PDF sucks (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 7 years ago | (#19094303)

Yes, and when they give the formatting capacity people want (e.g., ability to embed fonts), then perhaps people will start using them.

Re:PDF sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19089255)

Ummm... yeah. The List is a physical object, primarily, that must be fobtained the first night. The PDF is posted the next day for convienence and public viewing. So yes, thye're nice enough to provide *the file they used to prepare the real lists* for your viewing. I mean jesus, it's not a social networking site...

Re:PDF sucks (1)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090251)

Hypertext doesn't print friendly from your browser.

What is this "print" you speak of?

Re:PDF sucks (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092291)

Word processors can read HTML files just fine. It's only the writing of them that's a problem.

Re:PDF sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19087987)

I'm guessing LaTeX is out of the question?

Re:PDF sucks (2, Insightful)

mchinand (22369) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089397)

The document properties say it was created with dvips and ghostscript. Plus, it sure looks like Computer Modern font to me.

Re:PDF sucks (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19088249)

...because Scavhunt often has extensive typographic needs. Consider the 2006 list [uchicago.edu] --upside-down text, non-roman scripts, fractions and greek letters aplenty. TeX is clearly the tool of choice.

Re:PDF sucks (1)

Kimos (859729) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088467)

You can convert .pdf to html through the browser: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlin etools.html [adobe.com]
There are others too with a simple Google-ing [google.ca]

As mentioned, the list is fairly rich in content and loses lots of the formatting and special characters through conversion.

Harder to find (1)

bulldog060 (992160) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087671)

what about the R.O.U.S.'s? ... and a PDF viewer for slimey

Re:Harder to find (4, Funny)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088257)

I don't think they exist. >

Re:Harder to find (1)

bulldog060 (992160) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088699)

I have proof [microsoft.com]
Disclaimer: The above link contains offensive material, and should not be followed if you have medical conditions or an IQ over 110 as it could be harmful.

Re:Harder to find (1)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19093359)

ROUS's were on the list in 2001.

Not nowadays... (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087729)

The event may be best known for the working breeder reactor students built for the 1999 hunt.
It's too bad that if they tried that nowadays they'd probably get thrown in Gitmo.

Re:Not nowadays... (2, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#19087963)

Ironically, the reactor they built for that scavenger hunt is now powering 75% of North Korea.

Re:Not nowadays... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19088185)

Yeah, it's going to be interesting to see if any major news outlet picks up on the list and starts running with stories about how terrorists could disguise themselves as scavenger hunters running around the city to surreptitiously plant explosives. I noticed when I skimmed the list that a lot of items would send the city Boston in OMG!!!TERRiSTS IN TEH CITYEEE!!! paroxysms.

EpS?. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19087917)

is also a miser4ble

A few more highlights and comments: (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19087977)

17. The Marx brothers' mirror sketch did not involve a mirror -- why should these?

27. A Turing machine. Is it OK if it's just equivalent to one?

45. Sounds like fun. How much money?

51. Tumbleweed. Believe it or not, they actually do have these in Chicago.

72. Angel Falls, MN?

206. Find Waldo in the Loop. Now, are you supposed to abduct him and take him back to show you found him?

240. Carhenge. I'm sure the photos will look great, but I'm keeping my distance.

304. "The Anarchist's Cookbook, complete with the Anarchist's Crock-pot."

Re:A few more highlights and comments: (1)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089807)



wouldn't even attempting to search for the anarchist cook book get you on an FBI watch list. Much less downloading it and printing it out. No thank you I have no desire for a indefinite stay at gitmo's

Re:A few more highlights and comments: (3, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090063)

While I found most of the comments here funny, this one frightens me.

Because I live in Germany.
Because as my grandparents told me, the Germans ca. 1936-39 spoke jokingly about the GESTAPO.

Re:A few more highlights and comments: (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19093539)

You can buy it at Barnes and Noble. If you're that paranoid, pay cash.

Re:A few more highlights and comments: (1)

poodlehat (919902) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090503)

I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read "30. Do not rest, do not sleep for an instant, until the one-nostriled man is brought to justice. Then return the stolen goods." Of course, if the planners really knew what they were doing, this would have been listed as item 27.... ;-) And if you find one, please tell me where I can buy one so I can bring it to my next concert for Al to sign??? :)

Re:A few more highlights and comments: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19090575)

27. A Turing machine. Is it OK if it's just equivalent to one?

I'd imagine they'd accept that. But you still wouldn't be able to find one.

(Hint: Your computer is not equivalent to a Turing machine. Yes, a Turing machine is equivalent to a register machine and your computer has registers, but so does a hotel, and you never see anyone claiming they are Turing-equivalent. At best, your computer is equivalent to an extremely large finite-state automaton. Unless you unplug it. Then it is equivalent to a hotel with very poor service.)

turing machine (1)

Joseph_Daniel_Zukige (807773) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092881)

I'm guessing they're going to want to enforce the property of the tape.

fuck a Nigga (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19087989)

Road trip rules (3, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088045)

"May not have received no moving violations or convictions or court-ordered supervision."

So does that mean you have to have a moving violation to drive?

Maybe my English parser is broken on Friday.

Re:Road trip rules (1)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | more than 7 years ago | (#19094255)

There ain't nothin wrong with no double negatives -- they're a legitimate historical part of the language, and some overthinking idiots in the 18th century decided they were illogical. Well guess what? Language is illogical. Compare "b*ll*cks" (=bad/nonsense/rubbish) with "the dog's b*ll*cks" (=the best thing ever).

HAL.

Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (2, Interesting)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088271)

a hand-built Theremin
Theremins are sufficiently rare that I sure any one they did find would be "hand built". I built one as a kit many years ago, but no longer have it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin [wikipedia.org]

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088753)

They built a breeder reactor one year. After reading the principle behind the Theremin I don't think I'd put it past some students.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089181)

Of course they can *build* one. Any kid in Junior High could build a Theremin, it's just a bunch of oscillators and mixers. From the rules, it sounded like they had to find one that was already built, by hand. (someone else's) Am I wrong here?

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089959)

The way I read it was "hand built" as in "you can't go buy a kit".

Given some of the other items on the list, the list looks pretty open to interpretation.

If they build it by hand... why wouldn't it be 'hand built'. Other comments make it seem like some people make these in their free time, so maybe they just want them to find one that some one built in their free time.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (4, Interesting)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19093371)

The point of the U of C Scavenger Hunt is not to go find things and bring them back. That would be exceedingly boring. The important thing for each item is that the solution be interesting. That means that would be great if you bring back a vintage theremin from 1960, or if you built one yourself. Even better would be to bring in a real theremin being helf by Brian Wilson. The main point of the Hunt is creativity. U of C is not MIT.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

Hawkxor (693408) | more than 7 years ago | (#19093959)

What does this have to do with MIT?

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19094011)

A lot of people compare the U of C Scavhunt to a similar event at MIT. I forget what it's called, though.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

Hawkxor (693408) | more than 7 years ago | (#19094179)

The MIT Mystery Hunt is not similar, it's not even a scavenger hunt - it's much more creative..
web.mit.edu/puzzle/www

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19094481)

If I recall correctly, doesn't each puzzle have a unique solution? Hardly what I'd call "creative"...

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

Hawkxor (693408) | more than 7 years ago | (#19097591)

It takes a huge amount of creativity to figure out the solution to any puzzle (there's no instructions for any puzzle)
what's so creative about U of C thing, maybe I'd call it minor thinking outside the box..

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19103617)

The creativity lies not only in the solution to the puzzle (there are many different kinds of puzzles, from solving secret codes to figuring out cryptic clues on a road trip), but in how to interpret the problem itself. There aren't any instructions on a lot of the Scavhunt items, either. Also, it allows people to be creative in a lot of different ways: music, acting, art, ninjas, etc. It's very interesting how the two contests show the vastly different characters of each school.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

Hawkxor (693408) | more than 7 years ago | (#19108929)

Maybe you're right, because I go to MIT and sort think the Chicago version is lame. It's easy to come up with a solution when you're able interpret the question any way you like, but finding elegant solutions to a difficult problem is more interesting. For example, there is a riddle called 100 prisoners and a lightbulb, where you have a lightbulb in a room and prisoners are selected in random orders to enter the room and either keep the lightbulb in its current state or toggle it. You want to minimize the amount of time before one of the prisoners can declare that he knows that all 100 prisoners have entered the room. People always come up with "creative" solutions like breaking the bulb in 100 pieces and use them as markers... but at some point these are far more obvious and less interesting than the actual mathematical solutions.
I think you should look at some mystery hunt puzzles, they are very deep and I'd say more difficult. They include "solving secret codes" and "figuring out cryptic clues on a road trip", often in the same puzzle. At some point, if the MIT mystery hunt was more like the Chicago scavenger hunt, it just wouldn't be that hard. A quarter of the participants in the mystery hunt are adults from across the country, professional puzzle solvers and writers.
I haven't got anything against Chicago, I think it's a very cool school, but to say that Chicago is somehow a more creative school because of their scavenger hunt is completely ridiculous.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19110851)

The U of C hunt can never (and should never) attract professionals from across the country because it's about students having fun :) So you're right, it is a creativity of a different kind. I think it's just as challenging as the MIT game because you have to actually build and do things.

We're about teams creating a shopping cart go-kart in the shape of a Wacky Racer, building a functioning pinball table from scratch, giving blood, drinking and partying on Friday, going to a quiz game where you have to recite pi, list the constitutional amendments AND answer baseball trivia, begging a building manager to let you flick some lights on and off in their building to spell out "SH", and finishing up your sculpture of the alien from Alien, in less than 4 days. Most people don't sleep.

The MIT puzzle is about solving incredibly convoluted puzzles, like one where the solution is "find the RL Stein books these pictures are from, then figure out that the symbols we gave you are from a palm pilot, then find out which key that punctuation is on on a keyboard, then take that number of the title, and a synonym of the resulting word is the solution." I'm sure people don't sleep there either, but they're thinking and not creating. That's what I mean by "creative."

It's like comparing a crossword puzzle to... fuck I dunno. Comparing it to the scav hunt, really. And to be honest, the MIT puzzle does sound like a lot of fun. I think the reason for the difference is that U of C students have to sit inside and think and read and be theoretical all day while you bastards at MIT are making piano playing robots or whatever. The respective hunts both seem like reactions to that.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19105139)

I assume you mention Brian Wilson because of the theremin sound in "Good Vibrations"? Because that's not a theremin [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

WebCowboy (196209) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089139)

Hey...I have a Theremin right here! Wait...what's this? "Made in Taiwan"....damn! That guy on EBay said he built it by hand! What a rip-off.

Well, maybe I can help with another one of the items in the scavenger hunt. I've knitted a parabola before and I'm sure that it would be easier to hyperbolic crochet...

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089205)

I have a co-worker who just completed a Theremin, built from scratch, using an original RCA design (that is, Leo).
I was playing with it a few minutes ago.

http://bedsidestory.livejournal.com/37706.html [livejournal.com]

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089215)

Thanks for pointing out the Theremin, I hadn't heard of them before.
The strangest video I just came across is a mashup of simpsons and star trek, the Theremin creates the wailing woman voice from the theme tune.
The Simpsons vs Star Trek [youtube.com]

Remarkable instrument.

Ask Froogle (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089493)

Theremins are sufficiently rare that I sure any one they did find would be "hand built"


Well, you may just ask Froogle [google.com] . There, apart from some kits, and this "Hywatt" [instrumentpro.com] thing from a certain "Instrument Pro" company that I had never heard about, the most widely available Theremin comes from Moog [guitarcenter.com] , certainly not hand-made.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090085)

Any MP3s of one of these things playing?

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

ResidntGeek (772730) | more than 7 years ago | (#19093837)

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin has a theremin in the middle bit. I'm sure you can find a performance on Youtube.

Re:Hand Built Theremin - Is there any other kind? (1)

virgil_disgr4ce (909068) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090225)

There are actually a lot of cheap optical theremins for sale, too. A lot easier to build than the classic style.

Not again (4, Funny)

cloudkiller (877302) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088293)

252. While at Carhenge, drive the earth into the sun! [1,000,000,000 points; 2 points for effort]

Someone better get homeland security on the phone.

Impossible task (2, Funny)

The Real Toad King (981874) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088399)

81. Genji 2 has shown us that the Oriental Institute lacks an exhibit on one of the famous battles that actually took place in Ancient Japan. Fix that. [29 points]
The Giant Enemy Crab will be tough to do, but it'll still be possible. But how can they show the real-time weapon change?

number 209 (1)

pescadero (1074454) | more than 7 years ago | (#19088819)

Have you ever seen $1,000,000? Well then, how do you know it exists? I want to see it. In cash.
[20 points; 180 bonus points if I see it at Judgment.]


Yeah okay. I'll see you guys at Judgment. I'll be the guy wearing the ski mask and holding an automatic weapon, with 5 of my friends.

Re:number 209 (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089057)

$1,000,000 is quite ambiguous, doesn't specify US legal tender...
Anyone have extra Monopoly sets?

Re:number 209 (1)

mblase (200735) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090521)

$1,000,000 is quite ambiguous, doesn't specify US legal tender...

I doubt you'd get away with Monopoly money, but it's true it doesn't specify US dollars. Perhaps you could make a road trip to Canadia for their new million dollar coin [foxnews.com] ?

Re:number 209 (1)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091455)

Well, legal tender in $1,000,000 would be cheapest for Jamaica dollars. About $15,000 USD to have $1,000,000 JMD on hand. If anyone else knows a more favorable dollar comparison, I'd love to hear it.

Re:number 209 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19093299)

It doesn't specify "dollars", just the currency symbol $. That also happens to be used for the Chilean peso, which would make it about US$1700.

Re:number 209 (1)

danzona (779560) | more than 7 years ago | (#19094869)

About $2,000 USD would equate to 1,000,000 CFA (Central African Francs).

But it would be more fun to go to Jamaica to convert the money than it would be to go to Cameroon.

Re:number 209 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19093785)

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that they want a picture of the cube at the Chicago federal reserve with a million dollar bills (actualy, they built it wrong, so theres more then that in it, but I digress...). Anyways, finding the million will be easier then getting an Apple iPhone.

Re:number 209 (1)

wouldn't it be nice (1102095) | more than 7 years ago | (#19121127)

In the wording on the list, there are 180 bonus points for bringing the million dollars to Judgment. No one was able to get the bonus points, unfortunately.

Info on the reactor (2, Interesting)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089429)

It was a bit tricky to find, many pages talking about it were gone, but here it is [archive.org] .

Re:Info on the reactor (2, Interesting)

mikael (484) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089659)

I particularly like the comment:

" Although some judges and fellow Mathews teammates were concerned over the safety of the reactor, Kasper
said that he and Neill took serious precautions during its construction. "It was all very well-controlled. We
packed the materials..., built a shed, and assembled it there... We've stopped the reaction. We only detected
about several thousand atoms of Uranium, so it's not like the source is radioactive by any means anymore."

"The Hunt" Documentary (2, Interesting)

Phat_Tony (661117) | more than 7 years ago | (#19089865)

There was a documentary [imdb.com] made of the U of C scavenger hunt a few years ago. You can buy it here. [periphrastic.com] Or request that Netflix [netflix.com] or your local library get a copy, so you can check it out.

* disclaimer- I know the people who made this film. I still liked it.

Rubbery (4, Funny)

youthoftoday (975074) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090295)

As the PDF was downloading I was saying to myself 'Please be LaTeX, please be LaTeX'.
For some reason the fact that they did restores my faith in humanity.

The best on the list: (3, Funny)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092705)

Number 87:

Schroedinger's dick in a box [0 or 1 points. Maybe both if you don't open the box]

Seriously though, its nice to see that universities are still academic, but also just plain fun. Although it's pretty sad that we all get both parts of that joke...

Sorry, no road trip this year... (1)

mikiN (75494) | more than 7 years ago | (#19095491)

...or someone has to come up with a driving-qualified robot that's at least 18 years old (hey Mr. Wells, can I borrow your Time Machine for a bit?)

Driver Requirements: ...
- (a) Minimum age of 18 ...
- (e) Must be alcohol- and drug-free (it's the way to be), including illegal, prescription, and non-prescription drugs.

Sorry guys, but that disqualifies most humans. Most foodstuffs are verifiable (non-prescription) drugs. Also, imagine a driver not allowed to drink any coffee during such an ordeal, I wouldn't want to be in a car with him/her. Not to mention this is discriminating people who are dependent on medication to stay healthy.

Scavenger Hunt less attended (0, Troll)

Phoenix666 (184391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19095859)

than even Kuviasungnerk (the winter festival that involves getting up before dawn to do calisthenics by the lakeshore in the snow). U of Chicago invents these weird activities for students to have "fun" while obliterating student-created traditions like SleepOut (camping out on the main quad to register for classes) or the Lascivious Ball (students and professors dressing in lingerie and attending a gothic ball). Thus, no one attends them.

U of C students have variously dubbed the university as the place where "fun goes to die" or where "hell DOES freeze over." In the 90's a national ranking of party schools placed it dead last, below even West Point, the Naval Academy, and Brigham Young University. All of this is deserved, since aside from killing student traditions as soon as they rear their heads, they also have never thought to build a student center or to allow the EL stops that reach campus to operate so that Hyde Park residents might be able to escape the neighborhood once in a while.

In short, the Scavenger Hunt is not worth valorizing, nor the institution that holds it. Friends don't let friends have anything to do with the University of Chicago.

Re:Scavenger Hunt less attended (1)

zahl2 (821572) | more than 7 years ago | (#19097905)

Bet you transferred out.

Newton's Cradle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19099737)

How big is the current world's largest Newton's Cradle, anyways?
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