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MIT Hackers Appropriate Caltech Cannon

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the those-wacky-nerds dept.

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Bob Hearn writes "Some Slashdotters might remember the story Caltech Pranks MIT's Prefrosh Weekend from a year ago. MIT Hackers have gotten even. Sometime in the middle of the night, Caltech's famous cannon appeared at the base of MIT's Green building. A plaque in front of it reads: 'CALTECH CANNON April 6, 2006 MIT hackers posing as the Howe & Ser Moving Company Appropriated this cannon on March 28, 2006. It later appeared on MIT's campus with the addition of a large brass rat made of gold-plated aluminum. In honor of its previous owners, the cannon points towards Padadena, CA.' The brass rat (MIT ring) is really a rather impressive bit of aluminum machining. Harvey Mudd College previously stole the cannon, in 1986, but later had to give it back."

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We Must Not Allow a University Cannon Gap! (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077554)

As dean of your University, I have worked with the financial office and the office of the provost to appropriate two grants.

The first will be a large scale grant to beef up our offensive against all other universities by using the rocket and aerodynamic sciences departments to further develop a V3-Schneider program. Remember, we care not about the surrounding buildings of our targets, but only require a half mile 'radius of terror' so that we can effectively instill fear into the hearts of other academic institutions.

The second grant will go to the physics department so that they can develop hilarious Rube Goldberg booby traps around our V3-Schneider platform in an effort to reduce sabotage. Another part of it will go into a free weight old fashion stationary trebuchet aimed at the one lone road into the University. In the event of an invasion, all incoming vehicles will have flying refrigerators to contend with.

Remember people, this is war and we will not waver or falter.

Re:We Must Not Allow a University Cannon Gap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077951)

I love pranks.

However, whenever I read about the MIT ones I get annoyed when the word "prefrosh" crops up. Something about that word just makes me want to punch someone in the face. It sounds so pretentious that only a bunch of toffy elite institution ol' boys could have come up with it. I can just imagine some guys in english public school uniforms "time to execute the ol' prefrosh plan ey chappies? three hurrahs for being rich, snooty and all that".

Nice tooling! (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077558)

Love the rat! A+ pronk on that :-)
-nB

Re:Nice tooling! (2, Informative)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077591)

s/pronk/prank/
Easy typo seing as they are so close to each other on the keyboards... :x

BTW: http://web.mit.edu/jotong/Public/Photos/MIT/Caltec h%20Cannon%20Hack/photos/photo4.html [mit.edu] another pic of the ring on the canon ;)

Re:Nice tooling! (1)

Daniel_Staal (609844) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077670)

They are, on a Dvorak board... ('a' is in the same place, 'o' is on the qwerty 's'.)

Re:Nice tooling! (1)

RxScram (948658) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078099)

s/seing/seeing

Re:Nice tooling! (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078139)

Yeah, but that's a simple spelling error, I'm good at those. Getting my fingers to mix up a and o on a QWERTY board is something special.
-nB

It's not a RAT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077706)

It's a beaver.

Gold plated aluminium brass rat? (4, Insightful)

Fulcrum of Evil (560260) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077567)

Come on, it's either aluminium or gold plated - there's no brass in there at all.

Re:Gold plated aluminium brass rat? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077606)

The name of the ring is the brass rat. It doesn't matter if the [actual] rings are gold or steel, everyone calls it the brass rat.

The brass rat on the cannon is gold plated aluminum.

Re:Gold plated aluminium brass rat? (4, Informative)

CrazyWingman (683127) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077653)

The ring itself is referred to as a "brass rat" [wikipedia.org] around MIT because it's gold (brass-ish colored) with a beaver (rat) on the face. The version on the cannon is gold-plated aluminum.

Re:Gold plated aluminium brass rat? (2, Informative)

AlterTick (665659) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077690)

Come on, it's either aluminium or gold plated - there's no brass in there at all.

I think the blurb is misleading in not making it clear the the Brass Rat [mit.edu] is a proper noun. Specifically, it is the amusing name given to the MIT class ring, which traditionally pictures a beaver, nature's engineer. Capitalize proper names, you tards! Oh, but I guess that would be considered "editing", and they don;t do that around here...

Re:Gold plated aluminium brass rat? (2, Informative)

G)-(ostly (960826) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077757)

To the contrary. I submitted an Ask Slashdot that was accepted and they actually edited some really stupid questions into it that I hadn't asked, which immediately resulted in a number of people questioning the source of my particular genetic line.

I think what you meant is not that they don't edit, but rather that they don't edit properly.

Re:Gold plated aluminium brass rat? (1)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077805)

Actually if you look at the image of the plaque that the MIT guys made and installed in front of the cannon in its new home, they did not capitalize Brass Rat. So you can't really blame the Slashdot editors (or lack therof), they copied it verbatim.

See image here:
http://www.caltechcannon.com/2.jpg [caltechcannon.com]

Re:Gold plated aluminium brass rat? (1)

avronius (689343) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077889)

And yet STILL managed to spell Pasadena incorrectly :)

Re:Gold plated aluminium brass rat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15078116)

Silly engineer - the brass is in the balls....

Retaliation (1)

Gravis Zero (934156) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077577)

the retaliation will be MIT replacing all their campus computers with 486s with win 3.11. unsurprisingly Caltech will report higher uptimes. :)

MIT hacks (5, Funny)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077643)

Ahhh, the one reason why I would have considered going to MIT. So many of their hacks [mit.edu] are truely inspirational.

IHTFP : Interesting Hacks To Fascinate People

Re:MIT hacks (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077729)

MIT would probably not want you until you can learn how to spell "Truly"

Re:MIT hacks (-1, Troll)

mjpaci (33725) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077838)

Most of the students barely speak English...

Re:MIT hacks (4, Informative)

cinnamoninja (958754) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078005)

For those not in the know, IHTFP actually stands for "I Hate This F* Place"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IHTFP [wikipedia.org]

-Cinnamon

Re:MIT hacks (5, Funny)

'nother poster (700681) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078100)

No it doesn't. It stands for "I have truly found paradise". That's what I told my boss when I put an IHTFP poster on my cubical wall, and I'm sticking to it.

Only the Flems (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077664)

So who's gonna tell them that 6/7 (7/8, I guess, with Avery house) of the students are unlikely to be put out.

The Flems, on the other hand...

See, It's not really the _Caltech_ cannon, as such.

                                                                                                                  A. Mole

Re:Only the Flems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077694)

MOD PARENT INSIGHTFUL

Only Flems from Flemming Hovse care as it is the Flemming Cannon, not the Caltech cannon...

An AC Scurv.

Re:Only the Flems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077764)

Maybe MIT can send back some substitute phallic image.

J. Random Darb

Rat? (0, Troll)

Lazy Mustard (811150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077668)

Looks more like BEAVER to me..

Re:Rat? (2, Informative)

Fishstick (150821) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077978)

their class ring [wikipedia.org]

The beaver, nature's engineer, is the school's mascot.

(oh wait, replying to a troll modded post by the time I hit reply -- oh, well)

I didn't realize theft was a "hack". (0, Troll)

bchernicoff (788760) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077669)

I am going to go hack a few liquor stores tonight. Anyone want to be my driver?

Re:I didn't realize theft was a "hack". (2, Insightful)

Tweekster (949766) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077771)

too bad it isnt theft. There is an understanding between the schools

the really brilliant bit of this caltech prank was (1, Troll)

Surt (22457) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077676)

... the social engineering in convincing most people (and silencing the others) that the cannon had not belonged to MIT in the first place, and then been stolen by Caltech. Then it gets really funny when they convince a bunch of MITers to steal it and put it back right where it was in the first place. I mean seriously, who falls for a cannon being native to California? Were we a big part of the civil war?

Homoerotic Cannon Envy (2, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077700)

I mean seriously, who falls for a cannon being native to California? Were we a big part of the civil war?
You missed the point entirely. It goes all the way back to Frued.

For you see, all nerds have inside them at least a little bit of 'cannon envy'...

The Elusive California Cannon (1)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077985)

CA has plenty of cannons. The Spanish were big on them, and apparently had some influence on early development in the area.

Cannon Fodder (5, Funny)

nullspin (873332) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077678)

Now MIT can truly claim more bang for the buck.

*Scoff* (5, Funny)

inphinity (681284) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077681)

MIT's website slashdotted in only ten minutes?

What kind of sysadmins are they!?

a big relief (5, Informative)

DCTsunami (966614) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077682)

It's actually a big relief to us to hear that MIT has it. For the last week, we've been wondering where the hell it got off to. The administration thought filed a police report for grand theft. MIT stole it in the early hours masquerading as contractors. Security stopped them, but they social-engineered their way out of it, and security let them go.

Re:a big relief (1)

iomanip (775663) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077716)

Like the security at caltech is difficult to social engineer. I've known little kids more difficult to convince.

Re:a big relief (1)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077724)

What? Tech geeks have enough verbal ability to get past security??

Re:a big relief (1)

evangellydonut (203778) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077823)

lol you mean we lost the freaking Flemming canon? -_-' that's just sad... i'm amazed MIT managed to get that thing all the way across the country... gigantic uhaul?

Re:a big relief (1)

P3NIS_CLEAVER (860022) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077997)

Not to mention that the cannon is not decomissioned. You can still shoot stuff from it.

Re:a big relief (4, Informative)

pz (113803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078040)

I was fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to have attended both MIT and Caltech, and spent sufficiently many years at both to have understood the hacker culture and the relative prowess of the campus constabulatory.

Bottom line: Caltech's security guards are rent-a-cops; MIT's are policemen. I cannot recall a single incident in my six years at Caltech where security responded to a call fast enough to see perpetrators. I personally committed a number of, ah, acts at leisurely pace because there was no reason to hurry. I've been to the rooftops in the middle of the day countless times. It's no big deal. You cannot do the same thing at MIT with such cavalier ease because the campus has been hardened against hacking, and the MIT Campus Police are reasonably quick to respond, and reasonably quick-witted.

Kudos to the MIT group for pulling off an impressive feat!

Re:a big relief (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15078086)

I know whenever there is a comparison between Caltech and MIT, the first thing I want to know is the quality of their police force.

Re:a big relief (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15078130)

I know people who are in charge of the security at Caltech, and they have been told specifically to keep the security very lax and to only insure that the students do not hurt themselves too much. That is the one order which stands above the rest. In other words, security is to protect the students from things, not the school, or the building, or the neighborhood, etc...

The administration feels this encourages creativity etc...

Check out the offsite link... (5, Informative)

HoosierPeschke (887362) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077696)

See Subject: Howe & Ser Moving Co. [caltechcannon.com] .

Re:Check out the offsite link... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077785)

Yeah, it would've look suspicious if Starving Students [ssmovers.com] tried to move the cannon.

Re:Check out the offsite link... (1)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077971)

Strangely, though, the web site commemorating the [major theft]|[harmless prank] was only established yesterday.

Whois - caltechcannon.com [whois.sc]
      Domains by Proxy, Inc.
      DomainsByProxy.com
      15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
      Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
      United States

      Registered through: GoDaddy.com
      Domain Name: CALTECHCANNON.COM
            Created on: 05-Apr-06
            Expires on: 06-Apr-08
            Last Updated on: 05-Apr-06

Also referenced is howeandser.com [whois.sc] -- same date, same semi-anonymous registrar. You'd have thought that the website would have been the *first* thing they put together!

From an HMC mailing list (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077705)

Subject: Caltech cannon
Date: 28 March 06 19:56:34 PST
To: [HMC internal mailing list]

Howdy,

Did anyone steal the Caltech cannon Monday night/Tuesday
morning?  They called and said it was stolen and were hoping it was here.

Chris Sundberg
Associate Dean of Students
Harvey Mudd College

Re:From an HMC mailing list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077854)

OK, I'll bite. Is this real? If it is, it would make the prank better.

Re:From an HMC mailing list (1)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077930)

It sure looks real.

Atleast, Chris Sundberg [hmc.edu] seems to be an actual Associate Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities at HMC.

Re:From an HMC mailing list (2, Insightful)

molotov303 (182638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077990)

It's real. I received it too.

Jeff (HMC '02)

Re:From an HMC mailing list (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15078082)

I'd be surprised if the HMC administration didn't ask the students.

I was a Mudder in '86 when we took the cannon. As far as I am concerned, the point of the prank was taking the cannon and preventing Caltech from taking it back. That was a success, and there were some seriously frustrated students in Pasadena. Keeping it wasn't really the point. Mudders loaded the cannon in a truck and drove it back Caltech after being asked by the Mudd administration. It was an exciting ride with an escort of Caltech people swerving at the truck on the freeway.

We had what seemed to be a very one-sided rivalry with Caltech. I'm still embarrassed by the T-shirts which read "Caltech: A division of Harvery Mudd College; but Caltech didn't seem to know that HMC existed. (For those who don't know, both have outstanding undergraduate programs in science and engineering). Caltech has a long history of pranks, so it they were a natural target for Mudders. I hope Caltech shows better character this time around.

/.'d (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077710)

MIT server being slashdotted already... way to go MIT.

Re:/.'d (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077822)

You would think as the nation's leading technology school that they would have a bigger pipe to avoid being slashdotted. Then again, maybe MIT has fallen on hard times and is using Windows 98 as the webserver.

Re:/.'d (1)

hank (294) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077972)

One would think that if they fell on hard times, they'd use something free. Say...Linux?

Impressive effort (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077719)

I can't rtfa because it's slashdotted. Stealing a cannon isn't particularly clever. On the other hand, if I understand correctly, MIT is on the east coast and CalTech is on the west coast. These guys get an 'A' for effort.

My own favorite first year engineering trick: Many years ago people arrived at the main building of the University of Manitoba to find a stump in the middle of the lawn. Everyone was up in arms. Who cut down the stately old pine? It was quite a while before someone realized: "Hey, there was no tree there in the first place."

Re:Impressive effort (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077799)

No, stealing a cannon isn't particularly clever. However, making a cannon disappear and then reappear 3,000 miles away a few days later is an admirable task, to say the least.

Gets stolen a lot (2, Insightful)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077723)

This one really cracks me up!
Harvey Mudd College previously stole the cannon, in 1986, but later had to give it back.
Haha, an often stolen object. :-) Grmpfs!! They have stolen it again! Now, you give it back, I say, GIVE IT BACK! Hmbrpf.. you naughty hackers.

News Update (5, Funny)

cloudkj (685320) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077735)

This just in.... Caltech responds by posting the story to Slashdot to bring down MIT servers.

Pictures of the act (0, Flamebait)

webbroberts (249675) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077737)

Several pictures are posted on flickr [flickr.com] .

Terrorists! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077754)

Stealing a weapon of mass destruction and transporting it across state lines... throw them all in a detention center immediately! They are obviously a threat to our Freedom and Way of Life.

Seriously, where is the hysterical reaction from Caltech Administrators, FBI, and DHS?

From a Harvey Mudd mailing list (0, Redundant)

andfarm (534655) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077760)

Subject: Caltech cannon Date: 28 March 06 19:56:34 PST To: [HMC internal mailing list] Howdy, Did anyone steal the Caltech cannon Monday night/Tuesday morning? They called and said it was stolen and were hoping it was here. Chris Sundberg Associate Dean of Students Harvey Mudd College (reposting this logged in to get it above default viewing threshold - damned moderation system...)

Re:From a Harvey Mudd mailing list (1)

andfarm (534655) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077770)

Oh, wonderful, I screwed that up too. Feel free to moderate this mistake out of existence.

Who cant spell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077789)

I thought Caltech was in Pasadena Ca.

Those wacky Latin scholars (5, Insightful)

jfengel (409917) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077794)

If you pronounce the "&" as the Latin "et" (from which the & letterform was based) it's "How et Ser Moving Company". And they don't even force Latin on the MIT students any more.

Re:Those wacky Latin scholars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077829)

What ever happened to learning Latin in High School??

Re:Those wacky Latin scholars (1)

thedletterman (926787) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077874)

Someone mod that insightful. I hadn't read it aloud. Nice touch.

Re:Those wacky Latin scholars (5, Interesting)

n9uxu8 (729360) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078052)

See...now I read it differently. From their web page (http://howeandser.com/ [howeandser.com] it sounds more like "How We Answer" (the previous Caltech prank)...one moving company...two linguistic jokes...funny guys those engineers.

DAve

Re:Those wacky Latin scholars (2, Informative)

pz (113803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078084)

The motto at MIT is "Mens et Manus" (roughly, "mind and hand," or, as I prefer it, "science and technology"). Everyone at The 'Tute knows the motto.

Response (4, Funny)

mattwarden (699984) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077795)

In response, Caltech destroyed MIT's web servers by submitting the story to Slashdot. Caltech: 2, MIT: 1.

Question (0, Redundant)

kalirion (728907) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077821)

Wasn't this, um, rather illegal?

Re:Question (1)

Tweekster (949766) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077923)

Why would it be? it is a rivalry that both actively participate in. You could even claim a loose consent. Or did you think Caltech (of the Rosebowl fame) is gonna file charges for activities they regularly partake in. Yeah, I doubt it

Ummm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077830)

How can stealing something and attaching a metallic rodent be classed as a "hack"? BTW, how much does an MIT education cost?

Weighting (4, Insightful)

mizhi (186984) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077835)

I note that the http://www.caltechvsmit.com/ [caltechvsmit.com] seems updated to reflect this hack. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but if not I have a question.

Caltech pulls a number of silly little pranks that, to be quite honest, no one really noticed, and garners 6 points for their "feud" with MIT... MIT students socially engineer themselves into being able to steal and drive Caltech's cannon across the United States, point it back at Caltech and install a large (really well made) brass rat onto the barrel of the cannon and create a plaque commemorating the heist.

All that's worth one point? Pff.

Not that I really care or anything; it's like my attitude towards the Red Sox... it's not until they're in the playoffs or the series that I pay attention.

Re:Weighting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077898)

No, the one point was from last year, when MIT hackers cleverly replaced Caltech's "The other institute of technology" banner with "the only institure of technology" The page hasn't beee updated yet.

Re:Weighting (5, Informative)

texbot (786549) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077927)

I am running the caltechvsmit.com site. The one point was for last years retaliation against the "The Other IT" banner. They get at least 10 points for this; I haven't decided yet. (I am arbitrarily keeping score).

Re:Weighting (1)

mizhi (186984) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077941)

Ah, my mistake. I should've remembered. :)

Re:Weighting (1)

dtremenak (893336) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077952)

At this time, it has NOT been updated, actually...still reads 6v1 (hopefully whoever's responsible [hah] for maintaining it will add this story). The 1 point is for MIT's response to this [caltechvsmit.com] prank, specifically, this [caltechvsmit.com] .

isn't this a Federal offense now? (0, Redundant)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078003)

Did they have the proper permit to transfer munitions across state lines?
;-P

Pictures Mirrored (4, Informative)

Zackbass (457384) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077836)

Since you all killed our webserver I put the pics up on our personal server: http://donkeykong.mit.edu/cannon/ [mit.edu] . It's only an old AlphaServer DS20 so play nice.

Obligatory Futurama Comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077839)


ROBOT HOUSE!!!

Flickr Pictures Here (2, Informative)

OlivierB (709839) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077840)

Pictures here [flickr.com]

Oh no! (1)

Kanukzilla (934417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077858)

I think that gold plated beaver ate the brass rat!!

Padadena? (1)

Daleks (226923) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077859)

Caltech is in Pasadena.

Re:Padadena? (1)

Bob Hearn (61879) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077884)

So I missed a key, so sue me! I also capitalized "Appropriated." And I found www.howeandser.com after submitting.

Muahaha (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077869)

College pranks. LOL. ROTFLOL! Muahaha. Muahahaha.

Humor must involve something unexpected. If this happens quite often it stopped becoming humor.

It seems.. (1)

DeathByDuke (823199) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077871)

we fired the slashdot cannon at their website too.

Howe & Ser Moving Co. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15077917)

They seem to have an official site and press release at http://www.howeandser.com [howeandser.com] .

Beaver (1)

macaddictg4 (954492) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077933)

So... being that the MIT ring has a beaver on it, and since this apparently enlarged MIT ring has what looks like a beaver on it, does this mean that the rat is hiding behind the BEAVER's tail?

Re:Beaver (1)

IdntUnknwn (700129) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077995)

Brass Rat [wikipedia.org] is just an amusing name that MIT students have come up for the class ring. Yes, we know it's a beaver.

Re:Beaver (1)

fumblebruschi (831320) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078007)

"The Brass Rat" is the students' name for the MIT emblem, which (like Caltech's) is a beaver: Nature's engineer.

One thing many people seem to have missed is that MIT put a huge MIT ring on the cannon...thus giving Caltech the finger.

Tragedy (1)

deblau (68023) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077937)

They RF'ed our cannon! Those poor, dumb bastards at MIT have no idea what they've done. Now how are all the poor frosh going to know that rotation is over? They'll be left to fend for themselves! We might lose up to 10% in the first wave alone. And finals will never end, so no one will graduate! This is a disaster!

That ain't a rat... (1)

bastardadmin (660086) | more than 8 years ago | (#15077962)

...unless my eyes mistake me, it's a brass beaver.

Rat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15078009)

So... what's the deal? They say "rat" but it sure looks like a beaver to me. Or is this some inside/school joke that I just don't get?

Wikipedia already updated (2, Informative)

Mr. BS (788514) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078047)

Nice to see that Wikipedia is already updated [wikipedia.org] to reflect this change of location!

Props to MIT... good show!

Re:Wikipedia already updated (4, Interesting)

Bob Hearn (61879) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078110)

Wikipedia was already updated even before the Slashdot submission. The really interesting bit is this [wikipedia.org] change history of that page. The current text replaces this:

"It is rumored that Harvey Mudd will attempt to steal the cannon again this year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their original theft. Be warned. Thankfully Dabney house has planned ahead, and relocated the cannon to a safehouse in Compton."

So, was this "relocation" the actual MIT appropriation?

It's not Caltech's cannon! (1)

qromodyn (741144) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078060)

The cannon belongs to a particular dorm (Fleming House), not to Caltech. It is not a Caltech cannon, it is the Fleming House cannon. No one outside of Fleming House gives a rats ass about that cannon. (Actually, no one outside of Fleming House gives a rats ass about Fleming House).

Careful... (1)

kzinti (9651) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078132)

At my school there was a fraternity with a large Confederate era cannon on its front lawn. Some friends and I thought it would be hugely funny to sneak over the night before their formal ball and paint the thing pink. Fortunately, someone did some checking and discovered that the cannon was on the national historic register, and that messing with it would be a FEDERAL crime. So instead we painted their front door pink. Windows and all.

Brass Rat...err, beaver (1)

ripcrd (31538) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078146)

"Hey, nice beaver."
"Thanks, I just had it stuffed."

Caltech Alumni Reaction (3, Insightful)

RonDiggity (796879) | more than 8 years ago | (#15078148)

I've polled various Caltech alumni, and here's a snippet of their reactions:
  • That's awesome!
  • That's awesome!
  • That's awesome!
  • This is an outrage! I can't believe they let this happen! <grumble grumble>
(I give you zero guesses as to which one used to live in the house to which that cannon is most closely identified.)

I hope this gets current Caltech students off their collective keister to do something. No notable pranks in recent years, and they're most currently known for hiking up Mt. Wilson without appropriate equipment (come on, even alumni know that it's c-o-o-o-ld up on Mt. Wilson). If this causes an increase in Caltech-MIT prank warfare, then I'm all for it. Let the arms race, um, continue!

As an alum myself (BSEE, 2000) I say let MIT have it. It belongs to Harvey Mudd anyway.

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