We suspect that a number of you have memories of writing to the colleges on your shortlist to request a copy of their application. And then came the painful part, filling it out and mail it in, “white out and all.”

Of course that daunting experience is now a thing of the past and this post in Noodle provides the backstory behind the University of Chicago’s [in]famous Uncommon App, written by former Admission Dean Ted O’Neill that helped make life a little easier for millions of aspiring college students.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)