Irving Babbitt, Casino Master

The International Herald Tribune
April 4, 2006 Tuesday
IN OUR PAGES: 100, 75 AND 50 YEARS AGO;
1931: Gambling At Harvard


SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 2

LENGTH: 113 words

BOSTON: Harvard students have invented a new lottery which has resulted in an epidemic of gambling fever sweeping the campus according to the ”Harvard Crimson.”

This journal today [April 3] confirms persistent reports that classes in ”comparative literature” conducted by Professor Irving Babbitt have evolved a betting pool based on the number of writers mentioned during one of his lectures. One hundred chances are sold at 10 cents each, and three tally-keepers count the writers. The man holding the right number wins the lottery minus 10 percent, which goes to the inventors. They have found that 47 constitutes the average number of authors mentioned by Professor Babbitt.


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  1. acilius1

     /  December 19, 2008

    More Babbitt-themed posts to come.

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