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Best. Hack. Ever. by Ben Jones

The title says it all.

Hats off, hacking community. Hats off. For the record, this is absolutely my favorite hack of all time…



P.S. I dedicate this to you. ;-)

19 responses to “Best. Hack. Ever.”

  1. Christina says:

    Just in time for CPW =D

  2. Greg says:


    Yummy yummy I eat cannons!

  3. Tom says:

    I agree, I am utterly blown away by this one. This is absolutely the best hack of all time. I REALLY REALLY hope that somewhere, somehow, sometime, we can get the “operational details” of how the heck you ever pulled this one off. Nice job!

  4. Christina says:


    At first, I thought this was kind of lame…but then I READ what actually HAPPENED.


  5. Kiersten says:


    hehehe. Made my trip to 18.02 lecture much more enjoyable.


    ps I’m going to battle of the bands!!!!!!!

  6. Oren Hazi says:


    We want our cannon back!

    Hehe… seriously though… this was incredible. Nice work, guys grin


    Caltech ’10

  7. Anon says:

    NPR picked this up. Isn’t it still a little chilly in Boston for bikinis?

  8. Eleanor says:

    Thanks wink. It was an awesome prank. I want a t-shirt, and hopefully I’ll see you soon… or at least for grad school admissions.

  9. I have cannon and plaque pictures!

    (Yeah, it’s all I got on Thursday before my camera up and died on me.)

  10. dj says:

    i’m so glad i was there for CPW. I got the howe & ser company t-shirt, too. it was great. way to make an impression!

  11. Arka says:

    Oh man!

    The MIT hack is making place in even Indian news papers….

    “The ultimate student prank”….in an esteemed daily…”The Telegraph”

    MIT rocks!

    Man I really want to go to MIT

  12. Timur Sahin says:

    I demand CPW pictures!

  13. Just an update on the current situation with the cannon that MIT took on a vacation.

  14. K-Ro says:

    I wonder what the payback will be…

  15. Ryan says:


    Thanks for making CPW so great.

    I thought seeing an article about the prank on the front page of as funny as actually seeing the cannon!

  16. Vibhas says:

    Lol they actually shot a video of the darn thing being stolen:

  17. So yeah, this hack was amazing… definitely well-pulled off. What I can’t figure out is why it took so much more from Caltech to get it back. (I hear $30,000+?) Seems like MIT has their act together, for sure.

    See you next fall,