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Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Cursed by Allah
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Time magazine lists its favorite “geek” pranks
Time magazine offers a roundup of what it describes as "the biggest pranks in geek history" -- limited to pranks perpetrated by MIT and Caltech students.

The usual suspects are there: the great rose bowl hoax, Caltech relettering the Hollywood sign, etc.

Except, uh, some of the items in the list clearly aren't pranks. For instance, creating a program that allows DVDs to play on any operating system may be a useful hack, but it's not what I would consider a prank. And I don't think MIT student Star Simpson intended to cause a security scare when she wore her "socket to me" sweatshirt to Logan Airport.

One more complaint: Time omits one of my favorite Caltech pranks -- the sweepstakes caper in which they hacked a McDonald's sweepstakes by creating a computer program to flood it with millions of entries.
Categories: Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 02, 2008
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