Both Caltech and MIT require that students put in a lot of hard work
studying math and science. Because the stress is so intense, we students
at Caltech believe that pranks are an important, if not essential,
way to relax and have a little fun. We are familiar with MIT's
tradition of hacks and hope that we can merge the cultures at the two
schools, if only for a short time.
We propose that MIT joins us in a pranking/hacking war. As you may
have already noticed, we struck first, so now it is MIT's turn.
Obviously the distance between schools poses a great difficulty, but we
believe that MIT students will find that this difficulty can be
overcome. In fact all of the pranks need not even be on the other
school's campus so long as the pranks are made public enough through
The rules of the contest are simple and are essentially the same as
Caltech's prank ethics and MIT's hackers' code. Pranks should be
reversible. No permanent damage should be done and the pranksters must
provide some sort of contact information on a note so they can be
contacted if things are damaged. The note need not contain names, but
it must be a reliable way to contact the pranksters.
Pranks should be creative and display some form of originality. Novel
ideas, particularly novel ideas involving technology, are generally
well received, but repeats are strictly discouraged. We suggest that
those wanting to participate make themselves very familiar with the
history of pranks and hacks at both schools in order to prevent
Finally, we wish to inform MIT students that Caltech Prefrosh Weekend
is next weekend. It may not be possible to organize something so
quickly, but we have faith in the ingenuity of MIT students. We hope
to see you all in Pasadena soon.
As a side note, denial of service attacks are lame. Anybody can do that.
Wouldn't your time be better spent trying to put a '2' on the scoreboard?