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Nice Try, Caltech by Hamsika C. '13

Hacks > Pranks :D

From today’s edition of the Tech:
Caltech Students Pull Part of a Hack at MIT

I managed to snag one of the fake papers that, as the article mentioned, were situated on newspaper stands all over campus:


And yes, that’s my math pset in the background – the math pset that I ought to be finishing up right now but due to the extreme bloggability of the Caltech prank (ahem – “failed hack” – the Tech definitely calls it as it sees it), am not.

As I’ve now satisfied my need to share this news with you…I should probably get back to work. My last calc midterm of the semester is this Friday, as is my last physics quiz and the due date for my last chem pset. So until Friday at 3 pm, at which time my math exam will be over and I’ll be gloriously ecstatic, I’m going to have to essentially live at Hayden Library, one of the few places on campus in which I am sufficiently focused enough to get work done.

Wish me luck with that…

28 responses to “Nice Try, Caltech”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good luck with your exams smile)

    btw, Caltech pranks < MIT pranks

  2. Lydia AK says:

    Awww I feel kinda bad for the Caltech group. It looks like they put a lot of effort (and money) into this.

  3. Piper '12 says:

    Interestingly enough, they did a similar “prank” two years ago. While the fake Tech issues are funny, I’m waiting for something new ^.^

  4. Anonymous says:

    Caltech FTW!
    LOL JK!

  5. I love the rivalry between Caltech and MIT.

  6. Landon says:

    There also appears to be Morton salt in the background.

  7. Liz ('14?) says:

    Good luck on your math exam!

    and lame hack. smile

  8. Hamsika '13 says:

    Hahahaha – Landon, that would be because my kind mother recently sent me 4 lbs of salt smile

  9. Let me summarize:


    But we all know failure is just a step to success. wink

    I just feel bad that they wasted the money on fail “prank”. Besides, a good “prank” would’ve been mysteriously making a life-size Gundam appear at MIT with the Caltech insignia emblazoned on its shoulder armor. If only…

    Giant Robots. Rawr.

  10. Oh man, math psets.

    All I have is an assignment involving parametric equations, which I finished while the teacher was teaching us parametric equations.

  11. anon says:

    poor caltech kids
    gotta feel bad for them xD

  12. Anon says:

    MIT and CalTech have the same mascot.

    Go beavers!

  13. FuLanKe says:

    Goodluck girl! And keep up the great blogging!

  14. Nate '14? says:

    CalTech has no chance against MIT smile Good effort, but FAIL. hahahaha

    good luck on your exams!

  15. Matt S. says:

    Seems like a lot of work and time for the failed attempt. Imagine how much just the plane tickets cost…

  16. Faris says:

    You do have to give them points for creativity….

    Though of course, it all comes down to whether or not you can pull it off,so: BOOO CALTECH!!!!!! :D :D

  17. Feels exactly the same as George.

  18. jialing says:

    hahaha. that’s funny smile
    good luck on your stuff. im sure you’ll do fine. smile

  19. makesense says:

    This competition should really be recognized for its high level and creativity. I went onto the MIT athletics website, and was disappointed by the nonexistence of a MIT Varsity Hackers Team. :D

  20. Samir says:

    Caltech seems to have missed the basics of hackery.

  21. The idea is really funny, but the amount of money and effort that must’ve gone into such a flimsy prank gives me a headache…

    Andddd, as for the obligatory (and totally warranted) college chauvinism:

    Hackers do it better! ‚ô•

    (Go get ’em, Hamsika! Best of luck!)

  22. sepideh says:

    ah this rivalry between MIT and caltech is so hopeless …

  23. Lauren says:

    MIT rules, CalTech drools raspberry

    Good attempt at a “hack”, but we all knew it was going to fail because CalTech will never match up to the genius of MIT raspberry

    Anyone know when EA decisions come out? I’m getting nervous…

  24. When will they ever learn >.>

  25. Anonymous says:

    Thats funny, i thought only accredited schools were permitted to edit editions of “The tech.”
    strange that cal tech should be there…