This book is not about hacking in the modern sense - it doesn't relate to computers at all. Instead, hacking in the MIT sense means to impress the public (at least the MIT public) with ingenious pranks that may well include things prohibited, but don't inflict lasting damage. A good example featured in this book was the replacement of a large inscription below the roof of Lobby Seven. Originally reading
Established for Advancement and Development of Science its Application to Industry the Arts Agriculture and Commerce.some of the engraved letters where changed on August 25, 1994, to make it
Established for Advancement and Development of Science its Application to Industry the Arts Entertainment and Hacking.So well was this carried out that although the hall was investigated twice by campus police officers, nobody noticed the prank.
This book documents a fair number of such pranks, and it should become standard reading for everybody planning on larger-scale shenanigans at school, university or other organisations.
It is a follow-up volume of "The Institute for Hacks, TomFoolery & Pranks" (notice the initials).