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Harvard Genius Caught in Stupid Hoax

Posted on | December 18, 2013 | 19 Comments

The elitist theory that Harvard students are the smartest people on the planet continues to be contradicted by reality:

A Harvard student has been charged in connection with Monday’s bomb threats which shut down four Harvard buildings and canceled finals for many students.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says Eldo Kim, 20, of Cambridge, emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper. . . .
According to the complaint, two officials of Harvard University, and the president of the Harvard Crimson, received identical anonymous email messages bearing a “subject” line that read “bombs placed around campus.” . . .
In the email, Kim allegedly wrote: “shrapnel bombs placed in science center, sever hall, emerson hall, thayer hall, 2/4. guess correctly. be quick for they will go off soon.”
Kim was scheduled to take a final exam at 9 a.m. in Emerson Hall. According to investigators, when he heard the alarms go off, “he knew his plan had worked.”

His “plan had worked”? Well, assuming that his plan was to get himself arrested on federal felony charges . . .

The threats drew authorities from the FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Secret Service; the Harvard University Police Department; the Cambridge Police Department; the Boston Police Department; and the Massachusetts State Police. . . .
The maximum penalties under the bomb hoax statute, are five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Any common criminal could have explained to Kim that his plan was a bad idea, but they’re not “smart” enough to go to Harvard.

Via Memeorandum.


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  • Dungeonmaster Jim

    Just another case of 18 Int, 3 Wis.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    So the old excuses that the dog ate my final exam notes or you are sick don’t cut it anymore?

  • Dana

    In every class, someone has to be graduated last.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I think I know one student who will not be graduating at all.

  • RS

    It’s Harvard; he could’ve obtained a medical excuse for severe stress just by going to the campus infirmary.

  • Dana

    If he winds up in prison, he’d better hope that he has an 18 Con.

  • Freddie Sykes

    Well just how smart was he?

    ‘Eldo Kim, the 20-year-old Harvard University sophomore accused of
    emailing a bomb threat that cleared out Harvard Yard on Monday, had been
    “analyzing partisan taunting” and chronicling the school’s drug and
    arts scene…

    … Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science lists Kim as a
    psychology major studying partisan taunting who is also pursuing a
    secondary in Japanese…’

    “Partisan Taunting”? Isn’t that what a community organizer does? And look at how many of those became multimillionaires.

    But rather than a minor in Japanese, perhaps he should have studied email headers..

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    He could have claimed extreme stress over the implosion of Obamacare. They would have given him a hug.

  • Adjoran

    As someone else noted, it remains a mystery why he wanted to delay finals, since all Harvard students get “A”s anyway.

  • M. Thompson

    Smart but sadly lacking in sense.

  • RS

    Partisan taunting is what our host does when he discusses Auburn fans.

  • Steve Skubinna

    When I was in high school I periodically pondered pulling a fire alarm prior to exams but never did because

    A) I didn’t need any excuses
    B) The risk/benefit analysis never worked out

  • Quartermaster

    But Auburn won and the world ended, so that won’t be happening for awhile.

  • Adjoran

    We once set one off in science lab when the teacher was out of the room. Not intentionally, we wanted to try to set off the sprinklers, not realizing the alarm instantly activated too. We managed to convince the authorities that a Bunsen Burner had been set too high and flared up to set them off.

    Nobody squealed, not even the girls.

  • Matthew W

    # 1 reason:
    DAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!