[Novalug] Re: OT: Thermite anecdote
unician at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 31 17:33:45 EST 2006
> --- Beartooth <karhunhammas at Lserv.com> wrote:
> ... welded the wheel to the track ....
It's too old to be documented at http://hacks.mit.edu , but some other
online searching turned up a 1991 letter to MIT's "The Tech" claiming:
"A recent B.A.D. article on 'Nerd Humor at MIT' mentions a 'hack'
in which an Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority streetcar
was welded to the tracks by MIT hackers.
If memory serves me right, I once saw a photo of that streetcar.
The photo was published sometime in 1955 or 1956; the streetcar in
question was situated in front of Northeastern University on Huntington
Avenue, and the hackers used thermite to do the welding."
(The author of the letter then talks about demonic rituals at MIT, so set
your skepticometer as approproiate.)
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