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Yale to Harvard: You Suck
image In a reworking of the Great Rose Bowl Hoax of 1961, Yale students, posing as members of the 'Harvard Pep Squad', managed to trick Harvard fans into holding up flip-cards reading 'WE SUCK' at the Harvard-Yale football game. I guess it's true that the great pranks never go out of style. (Thanks to Mormagli for giving me a heads up about this on the message board)
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 30, 2004

That is truely beautiful, and brings a smile to my heart.
Posted by Zachary Reiss-Davis  in  Brown University  on  Tue Nov 30, 2004  at  03:23 PM
It's nice to see that there are still some really classy pranks being pulled out there.
This one has just about everything-- it's imaginative, it's audacious, it's funny, and nobody really got hurt.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Tue Nov 30, 2004  at  08:38 PM
The best damn prank ever. The intricasies of the prank are awesome. How they pulled it off is an engineering marvel. It requred a coordinated effort on the part of many talented Yalies in their Harvard Pep Squad T-shirts. Unbelievably, there is no Harvard Pep Squad. They must have assumed Harvard was brain dead for the prank was done at Harvard post 9/11. It was audacious and yet nothing illegal was done. It is estimated that 100,000,000 were exposed to it world-wide. I saw it in Thailand and again in Mexico. grin
Posted by Anne Carozza  on  Mon Aug 01, 2005  at  07:38 PM
Not to dismiss it, or anything, because it was bloody impressive, but here in the UK, nobody I've spoken to has any knowledge of it, and I first heard of it on this site...

(BTW, where did the estimate come from?)
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Mon Aug 01, 2005  at  07:47 PM
It appeared in FHM, MAXIM, UK's PCFORMAT, THE NEW YORK SUN front page, Kimmel Show, MSNBC, countless radio and TV shows, newspapers and magazines. Google "Yale's We Suck Prank" for a partial listing. Europe's and Asia's response to it are documented on the web site. Oxford and Cambridge as well as many English and Irish have written many comments.
Posted by Anne Carozza  on  Mon Aug 01, 2005  at  07:59 PM
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