[Novalug] Re: OT: Thermite anecdote
karhunhammas at Lserv.com
Mon Jan 1 13:03:41 EST 2007
On Sun, 31 Dec 2006, J Gillman wrote:
> > --- 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.)
That's it. I was at Harvard '57 - '61; so it was not
only true but recent at the time (though I misremembered the
location, or my source had changed it). Many thanks!
Beartooth Implacable, Curmudgeonly Codger Learning Linux
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supposing you care -- but you can tell who has a mind.
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