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Michigan Tech on The Daily Show

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By Marcia Goodrich


Last Modified 4:49 PM, May 5, 2009

August 25, 2006—

After setting three Guinness World Records in February during Winter Carnival, Michigan Tech has had another first. The world’s biggest snowball and the world’s biggest snowball fight were featured on the Aug. 24 “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in the “Cold America” segment.

Those hard-nosed fact-checkers at Comedy Central also credited Tech with making the world’s largest cup of hot cocoa, which may possibly have actually happened without anyone telling us about it, and an aborted attempt to make the world’s largest snowman.

Since “Cold America” credits a yeti for demolishing the snowman in mid-construction, and because the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that no yetis have been reported in Houghton for at least a couple of years, the consensus within the university is that they made this part up.

Les Cook, vice president for student affairs, credited Michigan Tech’s enterprising student body for landing the university in the national spotlight.

"Once again, I am extremely proud of our students and their success,” he said. “It is great to have their individuality recognized and celebrated on ‘The Daily Show.’ Being featured on Comedy Central is exactly the kind of thing our students would embrace.

“By the way, what the hell is a yeti?"

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.