MIT’s legacy as one of the world’s most prestigious technical universities has a curious byproduct — a history of clever pranks, or “hacks.”
On Monday April 27, 2009, hacks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology placed a replica of an MBTA’s Red line car on the Great Dome at MIT. Check out more pranks after the jump
A fire truck appeared on the top of the Great Dome, one of the signature buildings on the campus.
As you’ll see in the coming slides, putting things on top of the dome is a recurring theme for MIT pranks.
A speed limit sign geared toward an advanced audience.
MIT made its mark on the Harvard-Yale football game.
A plastic cow from Hilltop Steakhouse was hoisted up to the top of the dome.
The piano launch from the roof of Baker House. The piano launch is now an annual event at MIT.
Pranksters embracing their school’s reputation for braininess customized a street sign.
Another street sign from the same era warned motorists they were entering MIT’s territory.
Pranksters turned the MIT dome into the Great Pumpkin.
This hack involved a cow on a dorm roof.
A car — most of it, anyway — was put on a dorm roof.