The smoot ( /ˈsmuːt/) is a nonstandard unit of length created as part of an MIT fraternity prank. It is named after Oliver R. Smoot, a fraternity pledge to Lambda Chi Alpha, who in October 1958 lay on the Harvard Bridge (between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts), and was used by his fraternity brothers to measure the length of the bridge.

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Pratt–Smoot Act
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Smoot, West Virginia
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List Of United States Political Families (S) - The Smoots
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Smoot (disambiguation)
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Mary Ellen W. Smoot
... Mary Ellen Wood Smoot (born August 19, 1933) was the thirteenth general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1997 ... Smoot in the Salt Lake Temple ... In 1983, Smoot accompanied her husband to Ohio, where her husband presided over the Ohio Columbus Mission of the church, and later the Ohio Akron Mission ...

Famous quotes containing the word smoot:

    Of smale houndes hadde she that she fedde
    With rosted flessh, or milk and wastel-breed.
    But soore wepte she if oon of hem were deed,
    Or if men smoot it with a yerde smerte—
    And al was conscience and tendre herte.
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400)