MIT students can’t read and Harvard students can’t count

Yesterday’s broadcast of Car Talk on WBUR caught my attention as I heard Cambridge, my fair city, being mentioned. Tom and Ray read off a listener-submitted anecdote about a funny incident of a student from a certain university in Cambridge.┬áThe story goes something like this:

The listener was standing behind someone who apparently had more than a dozen items in a supermarket express checkout line in Cambridge. When the person in front arrived at the counter, the cashier then pointed to the sign “Express line: 10 items or fewer only. She then said: “You must be from MIT or Harvard,” the two big universities in town. The guy smiled and said: “Yeah, how do you know. The cashier said: “You must be from MIT because you can’t read or you must be from Harvard because you can’t count.”

Credits: MIT Logo and Harvard Logo