Dummy suspended from the old University Building

Dummy suspended from flag pole atop the old University Building

Whether they snuck horses into university buildings or swiped light bulbs from 1920s subway stations, students throughout the years have shown a distinct weakness for pranks. Perhaps the most famous student prank occurred in the early 1890s when Washington Square residents were startled to see “a body” hanging from a rope from the tower of the University Building. The body turned out to be a dummy.

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