[Novalug] OT : Thermite anecdote
kenf at speakeasy.net
Mon Jan 1 11:02:27 EST 2007
On Sun, 31 Dec 2006, Beartooth wrote:
On Fri, 29 Dec 2006, Dan Arico wrote:
> On Fri December 29 2006 4:03 pm, Beartooth wrote:
>> I have it on good authority that a .45 ACP will not put a
>> hole clear through even an old low-gig drive, but that a
>> .30-06 will.
> Dan Arico
Someone here may know a thing I've long wondered about.
The exploits of MIT students have been legendary since
who goosed the moose, of course; one that was already part of
Harvard folklore fifty-odd years ago went as follows. I hope
someone can tell me if it's authentic, or urban baloney.
It seems a group of guys at MIT once managed to get into
the MTA after it had closed for the night; found a train sitting
on a track in a station (rather than in some carbarn out past the
end of the line); and placed a suitably-sized thermite bomb
against both a wheel and the track.
According to the legend, it worked : welded the wheel to
the track, with consequent effects on the morning rush till poor
old MTA could get a welder in there ...
So did it happen? When? In what station?
I heard a different version, from a number of MIT folks (2 I think),
around 45 years ago. Early one morning, like 2 am or so, one student
stood with one foot on the streetcar step, and one on the ground
asking the motorman for directions. He was acting very
drunk. Meanwhile his associates placed and set off the thermite
bomb. The perps were able to witness the results immediately. I also
remember reading this version in an MIT student magazine. It
supposedly happened several years earlier, which would be the late
50s. Has anyone checked with snopes.com?
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