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Alumni asking public to pick the best prank in MIT history

Posted by Brock Parker  February 28, 2014 01:36 PM

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Pranksters at MIT have been trying to outdo each other for years with hacks ranging from perching a police car atop the Great Dome to dropping pianos off buildings or converting a high-rise into a giant game of Tetris.

But whatís the best prank in the schoolís history?

Beginning Monday, the MIT Alumni Association is going to launch Hack Madness: The MIT Tournament of Hacks asking the public to pick the greatest prank in the history of the university. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 14.

The online competition pits hack against hack using a bracket-style model resembling the March Madness basketball tournaments with rounds of 32, a sweet sixteen, and elite eight and a final four before the championship.

The public will be invited to fill out brackets for the competition and pick which pranks they think should advance to the next round by voting on the Alumni Associationís blog, Slice of MIT or on its social media channels, including Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter.

The Alumni Association researched the history of pranks to pick the 32 that would be in the competition, but Jay London, a multimedia writer for the association, said he didnít want to sway the voting by naming his personal favorite.

He said he expects interest will be high in the competition.

ďItís something that MIT alumni love, because a lot of them were involved in it,Ē London said.

The bracket and a full list and description of which pranks are in the running can be found online here.

Voting will start at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 3.

--brock.parker@globe.com

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