There are two major pop culture events that are on everyone's mind this week.
The first is the emotional roller coaster that was "The Long Night," the third episode of the eighth season of Game of Thrones.
The other is the premiere of the conclusion to the MCU's Avengers quartet, Avengers: Endgame. The latter has promoted a huge college prank that we still can't quite believe.
A group of pranksters at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, draped the university's Great Dome, a signature building, with a cloth version of another staple:
Captain America's shield.
A group of MIT pranksters transformed the school’s Great Dome Saturday night into Captain America’s shield in celeb… https://t.co/nJCZXaAFaA— The Boston Globe (@The Boston Globe)1556498463.0
People were in love with the prank:
@bangsmcgeeswift @dennisroy @BostonGlobe https://t.co/G5kneoOxw4— latrell (@latrell)1556553528.0
@BostonGlobe Just as the old saying goes, if your gonna do something. Go big or go home. Bravo 👏 https://t.co/yIP43QlGdy— Rob Walker (@Rob Walker)1556553332.0
@llamedos77 @BostonGlobe That's not a prank that's beautifulcation— Robin Graham (@Robin Graham)1556584624.0
@BostonGlobe https://t.co/kbQFujfCya— Jocelyne Gonzalez (@Jocelyne Gonzalez)1556555756.0
@BostonGlobe 👏👏👏👏❤️ https://t.co/e3EtTzJedk— Duda Padilha (@Duda Padilha)1556548837.0
@BostonGlobe Best prank evah!— Julianne (@Julianne)1556507542.0
Some people were not pleased with the prank:
But people were quick to shut the naysayers done, saying pulling these type of pranks, known as "hacking" are a time honored tradition at MIT:
This is not the first time MIT students played a prank like this. Students for generation have pulled off similar pranks, known as "hacks" all centered around the dome.
In 1994, a realistic police cruiser was put on the dome, and in 1999, the dome was decked out to look like a Star Wars fan favorite, R2D2.
Most of the supporters thought Captain America would approve:
@dennisroy @BostonGlobe https://t.co/7Ed6LjjFmv— faye saw Endga(me!) ⎊ (@faye saw Endga(me!) ⎊)1556549033.0
@BostonGlobe That 's so great !💙💙 https://t.co/iUIvRgwEBO— orielle (@orielle)1556548826.0
@BostonGlobe In 9 months there are going to be lots of little boys named steve, and lots of little girls named Arya.— Sean (@Sean)1556555378.0
@BostonGlobe Captain America Approves https://t.co/ZiOuINPLve— C🌊M Gardner (@C🌊M Gardner)1556549867.0
And it turns out they were right, because Captain America himself responded to the prank!
The students' efforts garnered the acknowledgment of “Very cool!" on Twitter from actor Chris Evans, who portrays Captain America in the films, and who happens to be a Massachusetts native.
Very cool! https://t.co/jMQEPtnQdu— Chris Evans (@Chris Evans)1556548497.0
The shield went up on Saturday night, but come Monday morning, it was, regrettably, taken down.
While he was not involved in this year's prank, 20-year-old Raymond Huffman shot an aerial video from his drone.
The video was posted on YouTube has received over 65,000 views:
MIT Avengers Hack www.youtube.com
Huffman was told by a friend that was involved in the prank that it took six months of planning, and we're not surprised.
The pranks are not an annual event, but something that happens spontaneously, and the students involved usually prefer to remain anonymous.
"It's kind of cool to see the hacking culture has been maintained," Huffman said. "These are things you hear about when you first come to MIT."
In our opinion, cool doesn't even begin to describe it. We can't wait to see what prank MIT students pull off next!