15. If you have an extra 45 minutes, check out the MIT Museum. It's no match for the art and natural history collections at Harvard, but it has a batch of clever devices (robots, holograms), along with a series of displays showing how military contracts helped the institution grow dramatically during World War II and how brainy pranks have pervaded student culture for decades. Once, in 1994, those wacky kids put a police car on the roof of the campus' Great Dome. In 1982, an MIT frat crew inflated and harmlessly exploded a balloon on the 46-yard line of a Harvard-Yale football game. In 1998, the university's home page was replaced by an announcement that the Walt Disney Co. had purchased MIT for $6.9 billion.
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