Update: Thanks to insight from our readers, we’ve deduced that the hack is an homage to the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale, and more specifically, Jack Florey, an infamous legend in MIT hacking lore.
By historical standards, 2014 has been a slow year for MIT hacks. 2013 ended with an outstanding out-of-space invasion hack in Lobby 7, but since that time, the only hacking activity on record was Slice’s Hack Madness tournament earlier this year.
But, after months of pranking silence, we’re happy to report recent activity on the hacking front. Earlier this morning, Slice was tipped off to a unique scene on the pedestrian overpass near Bldg. 66 on Ames St.
Photos taken on scene shows a life-size papier-mâché figurine—wearing a t-shirt that reads “Hacking”—making a long-roped escape from a castle placed above the overpass.
While Slice is impressed with the display, we’re dumbfounded as to the significance.