An MIT student has compiled a trove of data on her peers – the kind of info one might otherwise get only with a pair of X-Ray glasses.
In a Monday night post on the MIT Admissions blog, 24-year-old computer science and molecular biology student Lydia Krasilnikova released the findings of her research into what Massachusetts Institute of Technology pupils are hiding under their pants.
Her “MIT Underwear Exposé” is an in-depth look at hundreds of students’ underwear choices by color and pattern: dorm-by-dorm, major-by-major, gender compared to gender, the young and green students and the seasoned older ones. All that irresistible data is compiled into dozens of colorful charts and graphs, which she drew by hand.
“I think the pictures in the pie charts kind of provide a sort of visualization of dorm culture in a different perspective than you usually get,” Krasilnikova said in an interview. “A dorm’s culture is really hard to put your finger on, so it’s fun to see a sort of different kind of picture. I like the colors.”
The experiment offers a window into a quirky subculture on a campus that has more than its share of quirks and subcultures.