Just over 400 years ago, a group of Englishmen attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605. Though their plot was foiled at the twelfth hour, the conspirators nonetheless secured a place in the history of England, largely thanks to the catchy verses that were written to vilify them. To this very day, much of the United Kingdom celebrates “Guy Fawkes Night” on November 5 by building bonfires, lighting fireworks, and devouring a variety of delectable treats.
Here at MIT, a few of our number decided to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in a uniquely Institute fashion – with a hack! Late last night, I received a mysterious email from someone who identified him or herself only as “V” – influenced, no doubt, by the recent blockbuster movie V for Vendetta. The email contained a number of pictures, which I am more than happy to pass on to you.
As students and visitors entered the Infinite, particularly astute observers might have noticed that a few things were amiss…
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The gunpowder mischief and hack.
I know of no reason why paper-mask treason
Should ever fade to black.
We hackers, we hackers, ’tis our dream
To surprise and excite with secret schemes.
An infinity of masks we’ve hidden around
To amuse, to amaze, and hopefully astound.
From Random to Senior, from the East to the West,
All of our hacks show why MIT is the best.
Holler boys, holler boys, salute to the Smoot.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the ‘Tute!