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01:29 am - Did anyone else find the find the financial aid form surreally funny,
or was it only me?

Please select if you are any of the following:

[ ] Boston Newsboy
[ ] Member of Boston's West End House
[ ] Son of a former member of Battery A, 247th Field Artillery
[ ] Son of a former pupil of Adams Academy, Quincy
[ ] Son of an employee of the New York Times
[ ] Descendant of a Confederate Veteran
[ ] Descendant of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer
[ ] "Citizen" of the George Junior Republic of Freeville, New York
[ ] Member of St. Martin and St. Augustine Church, Roxbury, Mass.
[ ] Of Armenian Descent
[ ] Planning to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education
[ ] Descendant of a graduate of the Berkeley Street School of Cambridge, Mass.
[ ] Son of Regular or Reserve Marine Corps personnel with five years active duty
[ ] Son of a Marine killed in combat
[ ] Son or daughter of a minister of any denomination

Reminded me of that Borges list of animals...

In The Analytical Language of John Wilkins (El idioma analítico de John Wilkins), Jorge Luis Borges describes "a certain Chinese encyclopedia," the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, in which it is written that animals are divided into:

1. those that belong to the Emperor,
2. embalmed ones,
3. those that are trained,
4. suckling pigs,
5. mermaids,
6. fabulous ones,
7. stray dogs,
8. those included in the present classification,
9. those that tremble as if they were mad,
10. innumerable ones,
11. those drawn with a very fine camelhair brush,
12. others,
13. those that have just broken a flower vase,
14. those that from a long way off look like flies.

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Date:June 18th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
yes, i figured it must reflect the various funds that people had left for scholarships, but it still seemed like a quite miscellaneous list when read-through.
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Date:June 5th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
My ex-LiveJournal account (username peignoir) and you apparently had a conversation on this community. So strange, given we're going to be roommates.
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Date:June 18th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
I was more amused by the "Are you a descendant of any of the following people?" and then listed 40000 dead guys I had never heard of. How old are those people? Would applicants actually know that off the top of their head? And do they actually have a scholarship for all of their descendants?
Date:June 18th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
I know! I assumed that since many of the names seemed like English gentlemen from the 17th century, that I wasn't related to any of them (which would have to be either Vietnamese or Jewish-Russian). I wonder how scholarship applicants prove they're related.

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