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Foo Bar on July 4th

Location: Walker Memorial Roof (Building 50)
Date: July 4, 1996

Independence Day is always a major event in Boston, with the Charles River in front of MIT serving as one of the central points of the festivities. Police estimated a million people would be in the area for the annual Pops concert on the Esplanade and Fireworks from the river.

Adding to the festivities, hackers installed a large set of flashing lights on the MIT side of the river. The lights flashed between two cannonical MIT meta-words, "Foo" and "Bar."

Whether or not the hackers were trying to communicate with aliens remains a mystery to all but the hackers themselves.

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