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Hackers

FYI
Real Life
There's a long tradition of hacking pranks at MIT.
Here are just a few of them. (Warning: Trying
any of these at home would be a bad idea.)
Block Show: In 2012, the tallest building in
Cambridge, Massachusetts (where MIT is
located) turned into a giant game of Tetris. It was
fully playable and in full color. The hack used
powerful LED lights in every window of the
building, and it took more than five years of
planning to bring into action!
MASS Transit: If you've ever been to Boston,
you might have ridden the T. The T is a subway
system that travels throughout Boston and the
surrounding area, including Cambridge. In 2009,
MIT students created a replica of a T-train car
and attached it to the side of MIT's "great dome."
It used solar power to travel all around the
outside of the building. Unlike the real T, this one couldn't hold any people, and didn't break down
every day.
Up, Up and a BOOM: Harvard and Yale have a famous football rivalry, but during their game in
1982, hackers from MIT stole the show. At halftime, a weather balloon labeled "MIT" inflated and
rose up in the air before exploding. The MIT hackers had snuck into the stadium the night before
to prepare the balloon. They were even nice enough to leave a note about how to clean up the
Freon they used to inflate it.

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The Happiest Place in Cambridge: On April 1st, 1998, MIT hackers took over the school's
webpage. They posted an announcement that Disney had bought the university for 6.9 billion
dollars. It even included fake press releases!
Game On: About a year after the Tetris stunt, MIT hackers again turned the campus into an
arcade. They rigged up images of Pac-Man and Blinky the ghost to the top of a building that was
under construction. They even added electric lights to represent the dots Pac-Man eats. First
Tetris, then Pac-Man? What else would you expect from the birthplace of Spacewar!?

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