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Today being April Fool’s Day, perhaps it is fitting to recall some of the more ingenious contributions to the distinguished tradition of campus pranks.

The Prank That Started It All: The Police Car Hack

On the last day of classes in 1994, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology woke up to an amazing sight: a campus police car resting at the top of the 150-foot Great Dome in the center of the campus, with its flashing lights slowly rotating. By early morning, media helicopters were circling overhead, and word of the prank was spreading around the world.

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