MIT Mystery Hunt 2009: FOR NERD EYES ONLY
by Chris Hardwick on January 23, 2009
I just wanted to say, “For Nerd Eyes Only” because I had a moment where I heard Sheena Easton singing it in my head. This is why I need to get out more and engage in social activity with other humans.
Last weekend, I had the extreme pleasure of getting an in-depth look at what Brainiacs do when left to their own devices. The event was the infamous MIT Mystery Hunt, where I was able to observe packs of Snow Nerds in their natural habit: an icy technical college. MIT is a wonderful campus. It’s where nerds are bottled at the source! I didn’t know what to expect before I arrived, but nothing–and I mean NOTHING–could have prepared me for the intensity of this competition. Puzzles wrapped in puzzles wrapped in other puzzles with nothing but coffee, snack foods and sleep-deprivation-induced diarrhea to keep them going. I can only imagine what would happen if this gaggle of Cerebros tried to solve, say, world hunger. I think the government needs to step and give them the ol’ “Spock’s Brain” treatment…
I had a lot of fun and these folks were very nice and accommodating, despite the fact that I was lumbering around with a video crew, asking questions and getting in the way and stuff. While I enjoyed my time with Team Codex, were I to compete for reals I would probably be more at home with Team Silly Hat Brigade.