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The history of hacks and pranks at MIT dates back almost as far as the venerable institution itself. Students with expertise in engineering, computer science, robotics, and math -- and presumably with a little extra time and brainpower to spare -- have taken pranksterism to the level of high art. Their hijinks have included a firetruck, police cruiser, and biplane replica, alternately hoisted atop MIT's Great Dome; a fully appointed room -- including a billiards table, a cat, chairs, and an illuminated lamp -- hung upside down from the Media Lab; numerous interruptions staged during the annual Harvard - Yale football game; and a cross-country hacking war with rival institution, Caltech. MIT Professor Emeritus Jay Keyser, has seen a lot of it in his time, and he'll talk about the school's secret hacking society, the best hacks, and why bright students at a world-class institution can still find time to put one over on faculty.

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