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Institute Historian T. F. Peterson

Institute Historian T. F. Peterson has spent many years lurking in the corridors of MIT picking up gossip and monitoring hacks in progress.

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A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT

An MIT "hack" is an ingenious, benign, andanonymous prank or practical joke, often requiring engineering or scientificexpertise and often pulled off under cover of darkness—instances of campus mischief sometimes coinciding withApril Fool’s Day, final exams, or commencement.