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Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT

by Institute Historian T. F. Peterson

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I had previously read one of the earlier editions about the hacks at MIT and was very pleased to read the updated version. This book gives a great overview of the tradition of Hacking at this Engineering school. The pictures of the hacks are always fun to look at. ( )
  yukon92 | Sep 9, 2012 |
Those wacky engineers come up with some really amazing pranks. ( )
1 vote rhohnholt | Jun 25, 2008 |
hack = an inventive, anonymous prank

An excellent book with lots of good ideas. Personally, I find putting various objects outside on top of the dome is rather boring. Hanging a model of the enterprise inside the dome for William Shatner's visit was clever and thoughtful. The disappearing President's door is my favourite.

You don't need to buy the book though. Most of the info is here:

http://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/ ( )
1 vote Miche11e | Dec 3, 2005 |
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Amateur aficionados of the sport often assume that hacking was a twentieth-century phenomenon.
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