One of MIT's most legendary hacks. The Harvard-Yale Football Game Hack consisted of a device for inflating a weather balloon, which was buried in the ground at the 50-yard line of the Harvard-Yale game in 1982 by MIT fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon. The balloon popped out of the ground and displayed the letters "MIT."  Currently on display in the MIT Museum's exhibit "Mind and Hand."
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  • This is the school for me.


    15 Jul 09 at 9:55 am

  • How many so called ‘hacks’ being nominated received the level of national coverage as this brilliant event?

    If dropping a piano off a roof top is considered genius then why can it be done year after year?

    The Harvard-Yale Hack of 1982 brought hacking itself into the general consciousness. It’s impact will be difficult if not impossible to repeat.

    Thomas Dorf

    12 Nov 09 at 3:42 pm

  • I am shocked, shocked, that no one has told the tale of the previous similar hack. In those halcyon days, students could leave a sealed envelope in the Dean of Students’ office with a time written on it. Pick up the envelope before time expired, it was never read. Time runs out, the hack described inside will be dealt with by the Dean and staff.

    In this case, the Harvard campus cops had caught the MIT hackers with batteries in their pockets, which they alleged were used to trigger sparklers etc that spelled out MIT in the middle of the field at half time.

    Dean Fassett, who had read the letter for this hack, appeared at Harvard after a quick visit to the MIT electrical engineering supply room. When the Harvard cops explained their theory, Dean Fassett emptied his pockets, declaring “everybody at MIT carries batteries in their pockets” (as he was doing). Hackers escape. Dean Fassett was much liked, so it was told.

    Wells Eddleman '71

    24 May 10 at 2:59 pm