Welcome to the IHTFP Gallery!

The IHTFP Gallery is dedicated to documenting the history of hacking at MIT.

The word hack at MIT usually refers to a clever, benign, and "ethical" prank or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community (and sometimes even the rest of the world!). Note that this has nothing to do with computer (or phone) hacking (which we call "cracking").

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Recent News...

2017.02.03 - Hack, Punt, Tool: Revival!
In IAP 2017, MIT's Musical Theatre Guild staged a revival of the 2012 MIT-hacking musical, Hack, Punt, Tool. A full recording can be found here, and fun behind-the-scenes materials (such as past-and-present cast matchups!) can be found on the Hack, Punt, Tool website.
2014.03.04 - Hack Madness
To honor this MIT custom, the MIT Alumni Association is holding Hack Madness: The MIT Tournament of Hacks, a two-week contest to determine the Institute’s greatest hack.
2012.04.20 - Tetris on the Green Building!!!
Someone finally pulled off Tetris on the Green Building and it's up there and live now! More details to come...
2012.02.06 - Hack, Punt, Tool: a Hacking Musical
MIT's Musical Theatre Guild wrote and is performing a musical about hacking at MIT called Hack, Punt, Tool. Final performances are on the weekend of February 9th, with tickets available through MTG's website.
2007.05.19 - Syndicated news feed added to the Gallery
There's now an xml/atom syndication feed of recent gallery news and write-up additions. This is also available through the mit_hacks feed on LiveJournal.
2007.05.11 - Site updates in progress
This site is undergoing significant updates. Some hacks after 1997 are missing write-ups and photos, but we're working on improving this. The timeline from 1997-present should be up-to-date, so please let us know if we're missing anything from it.
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Recent Hacks...

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of a hack featuring barber poles, hackers covered MIT campus in 70 barber poles, and invited the MIT community to participate in a scavenger hunt to find them all.
[2021.11.08]
MIT hackers topped the Great Dome with Captain America's shield in honor of the premier of Avengers: Endgame.
[2019.04.27]
Hackers honor their professor's imperative to always be prepared for chemistry
[2018.12.12]
Hackers fly a periodic table -- and then later a candy cane -- above Killian Court
[2018.12.02-2018.12.17]
An office chair and cone appeared on the Lobby 7 dome
[2018.07.24]
A banner from Harvard appeared on 77 Mass Ave.
[2018.04.14]
A disco ball was suspended above Lobby 7.
[2018.02.12]
Hackers greeted finals-takers with a banner bearing the text "Nothing's Impossible" and chocolates.
[2017.12.22]
2017 CSAIL Sail
Large sail with the letter "C" on the Stata CSAIL building.
[2017.11.12]
A foam dinosaur was placed on top of Kresge Auditorium a few days before Halloween.
[2017.10.23]
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