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The Roofs of Cambridge
Status: Student pranksPranksters at Cambridge University recently succeeded in placing a Santa hat on top of two seemingly inaccessible roof spires. Ten firemen and three fire engines spent an hour getting them down. From the Daily Mail:
I hadn't previously been aware of the Night Climbers book. Here's what Wikipedia says about it:
The book may be highly sought after, but if you do a search of used bookstores on abebooks.com, quite a few copies of it are available. Plus, the entire book (with pictures) can be read online.
Posted by Alex on Tue Dec 02, 2008
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I suspect that the hats were taken down to discourage copycats, not because anyone seriously believed they were a danger if they fell off.Posted by Mr Henderson in Teddington, UK on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 04:44 PM
Scaling colleges and churches in Cambridge is a noble tradition. My favourite story relates to the placing of a traffic cone atop one of the spires of King's College Chapel during the night. College authorities had to call a scaffolder, who couldn't complete the scaffolding in one day (for King's Chapel is ludicrously grand). The next morning, the college awoke to find the traffic cone removed and neatly placed on the other spire at the other end of the chapel. Now that is classy...Posted by Nick in Oxford on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 08:17 PM
Something similar happened at Cornell about 10 years ago. Somebody put a 60lb pumpkin on the top of the clock tower.Posted by David Hollman in Cornell University on Wed Dec 03, 2008 at 03:40 AM
In this case, my first thought was electric radio controlled helicopter. But never underestimate what a determined college student can do and what dangers they will ignore in doing it.Posted by Joe on Wed Dec 03, 2008 at 12:41 PM
Nice story, having just read a few pages of Night Climbers I can't help but think those guys would have been fairly handy in the subsequent troubles.Posted by Joel B1 in Hobart, Tasmania on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 01:56 AM
Educated and able to scale tall buildings!
Educated and able to scale tall buildings!
I recall that Robert Graves mentioned T E Lawrence doing this at Oxford, except that he put Hijaz flags up there.Posted by Marge on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 04:18 PM
I'm just tickled by the idea of the oxymoronic "spire of Humility".Posted by CJ on Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 12:38 PM
The ne plus ultra of Cambridge pranks is surely the Austin 7 on top of the Senate House...Posted by Sesquipedalis in Durham on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 10:49 AM