Yesterday I posted a quiz to blog readers asking what Stanford University and Japan have in common.
Honestly, it was not that easy, but somehow it took Noto only eight minutes from the time I made the post to provide the correct answer: they garnered the same number of medals in the 2008 Olympics: 25.
I’m curious about how Noto got the answer. I couldn’t find a Google search that would easily give the answer. Perhaps Noto will be kind enough to enlighten the other blog readers in the comments section below.
One reason that this is not such an easy question is that the answer isn’t even really true.
The Stanford news office does proudly boast of 25 Olympic medals, the same number that Japan earned, but they are keeping score differently. Stanford counts multiple medals for the same event (e.g. both members of the women’s gold-medal beach-volleyball duo are from Stanford), but the official country medal counts don’t.
Regardless, it is pretty impressive that Stanford, with a current student body of 19,782, snagged the same number of medals as Japan, which has a population of 127 million. Of course, the admissions requirements for Japan put less weight on high school athletic performance.