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MIT student blogger Jessie L. '07

MIT hacks Caltech by Jessie L. '07

Some of you may remember last year, when Caltech students came to hack MIT during CPW (Warning: Very biased site *grin*).

This CPW, MIT decided to have a little fun with Caltech. You see, Caltech has this famous cannon, the Fleming Cannon (belonging to Fleming House, naturally). They fire it at important events.

Guess where the cannon is as I type this?

(All photos are credit of Jo Tong ’08)

That’s outside MIT’s Green Building. There was a pretty plaque to go with the cannon.

As you can see, Howe & Ser Moving Co. (read the plaque in the picture) has their own website. :)

In honor of the cannon’s transport, it was given a class of 2006 Brass Rat:

Another view of the Brass Rat:

I heard someone ask earlier today, “How many points do you think we get on caltechvsmit.com for this?”

7 responses to “MIT hacks Caltech”

  1. Sam says:

    Heh, I wondered the same thing for self. It looks like “at least 10” as of right now.

  2. Tom says:

    MIT should be awarded whatever the maximum allowable points are. It will be a very long time before this one is outdone. Brilliant.

  3. Drew says:

    It’s up to fourteen points. Woot!

  4. Katy says:

    I cant wait to see the cannon when I visit MIT this week. Very impressive.
    Katy
    p.s. I’m from California!

  5. Monica says:

    That cannon is now long gone…

  6. Anonymous says:

    The hack was creative only because the pranksters managed to get the cannon off Caltach campus with some cleaver social engineering, and transport it 3000 miles. The act of stealing the cannon in/of itself is not very original, especially since Harvey Mudd college did it years sgo.

  7. Alison says:

    Brilliant! I can’t believe they were able to bring the cannon 3000 miles across the country. Those MIT students must be very clever.