John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Newly accepted students arriving Thursday for a sneak preview of the MIT campus probably expected the usual round of pep talks and tours. Little did they know they would see a rec room that defied gravity.
The upside-down den – complete with a pool cue laid down mid-game, a cat curled up in one of two leather armchairs, and a whiskey bottle on a coffee table – was found hanging under a high archway.
The still life was most likely installed early Thursday under the arch outside of MIT’s Media Laboratory, said David Templeton, managing editor of The Tech, MIT’s student newspaper.
It was the latest installment in a long history of ingenious pranks or "hacks" at the university.
“Everyone wants to put on a show at whatever they’re good at” during preview weekend, said Templeton, and the "hackers" are no exception.
“It’s something people will most likely stop talking about in a week because we’re so used to it happening,” Templeton said.
Click here to see a gallery of past "hacks."
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