John Harvard statue

5. Even if all the other tourists are touching the John Harvard statue's toe, you shouldn't. The 19th century statue sits in the Old Yard, above an inscription that incorrectly credits John Harvard with founding the college in 1638. But generations of freshmen (whose dorms neighbor the yard) have made a tradition of mistreating the sculpture, often in, shall we say, the wee hours. "I would advise against touching it," said Gary Pelissier, a 21-year-old junior who leads official Harvard tours. "I know things about this toe that would make your blood curdle," said sophomore Gabrielle Guarracino, a 19-year-old sophomore who leads Unofficial Tours.
Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles
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