Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back-to-School Week: The Best (Weirdest) College Traditions

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The Baker House Piano Drop at MIT

To mark the last day students can drop classes for the spring semester, the science nerds at MIT who will someday run this country manage to lug a piano—a non-functioning piano, they swear—up six floors to the top of Baker House dormitory. At this point, they—wait for it—shove it off the roof, onto another piano unknowingly waiting below. Cheers ensue. Students scramble for dismembered piano limbs to, I dunno, sit on their shelves? Throw away after the dust gets to them? String an ivory key and wear it around their necks as a badge of honor? This all began in 1972, since captured on the cover of Tim Hecker's album Ravedeath, 1972 (he liked the idea of "digital garbage" associated with the collision's noise) and the video above. Immortal words: "My roommate helped push it over. I feel proud."

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