This is the best news story for today’s date:

Nearly 60 years after the smoot first appeared on the Mass. Ave. bridge, the MIT-borne unit of measurement will be recalibrated to the exact measurements of its namesake, Oliver Smoot ’62.  members of the MIT community unveiled photographic evidence that indicated Oliver Smoot is no longer 5’7 (1.70 meters), and today he is much closer to 5’5¾ (1.67 meters). After consultation with MIT administration, and Smoot himself, the Institute formed the Smoot Measurement and Length Recalibration (SMaLR) Task Force earlier this year.

You should read the whole thing here.

Much cleverer than putting something new atop the Dome.

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