Photo: ZUG

Photo: ZUG

Last fall, the comedy Web site ZUG held a contest seeking the funniest content and placement for a large vinyl banner. The winner suggested one for Harvard’s entrance reading “Institute of Nowledge.” ZUG writers took it one step further and decided an actual experiment was needed to determine whether MIT or Harvard has the better sense of humor. I know, pointless. But they did it anyway.

So they placed the banner (MIT’s read INSTITVTE OF NOWLEDGE) in prominent locales at both schools: above an entrance to Harvard Yard and over the doors leading to Lobby 7.

You can view the play by play of the prank and reactions at both schools, but they can be summed up by the reactions of the campus police. Harvard’s officers on the scene radioed for backup then maintained surveillance of the sign until a maintenance crew could remove it. MIT’s officers looked at the sign, laughed, then grabbed breakfast in the Student Center.