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The MIT Icicle

Back in January 1960, the craze that swept college campuses was creating massive icicles. And students at MIT took top honors by creating a four-story icicle down the side of Baker House. In fact, they declared it to be the largest man-made icicle ever created.

As reported in an Associated Press story about it from Jan 1960:

"They tied an ice cube to a string and lowered it from their window. Then a trickle of water was siphoned from a barrel down the string. By using colored water at times, they got a red, white and blue icicle, which at one point is about 14 inches wide."

The icicle only existed for a few days before it was destroyed, for safety reasons, by the campus authorities.

Unfortunately I couldn't find any color photographs of it, but these are some news photos of it I found. There's a brief article about it at the MIT Museum.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 02, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Fads, 1960's, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Professor Turned Clown

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Discontented with the life of a professor of economics, Dr. Charles Boas became Onions the Clown.

I'm sure this thrilled any living parents who might have helped pay for years of higher education.

Read the whole story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 05, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Clowns, Eccentrics, 1960's, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Duke University Ad*Access

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Seven thousand crisply scanned vintage ads, of varying degrees of weirdness, all nicely categorized? Prepare to spend hours here!

Duke University Ad*Access
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 02, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia, Twentieth Century

Floating inside a giant inner tube, 1972

Crazy college students back in the 70s. Looks like it would have been fun!


SEATTLE, May 12, 1972 -- Pool Cocoon -- Students at the University of Washington went floating on an inner tube one better recently. They made their own inner tube and floated in it. The huge plastic tube was kept expanded by air forced from a blower. Black tape at the top was used to join two sheets of plastic to form the tube.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 26, 2013 | Comments (12)
Category: Swimming, Snorkeling, and Diving, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia
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