The latest of the designs of the “Pi On The Porter” group, this year’s arrangement was the “3.14159265358”. Arranging the curtains of the Dana Porter Library to spell things has been past time of students for several years and this group of Grebelites has been providing Pi Day designs since 2009. You can see all of their previous designs here.
Unfortunately, that also means that my time running The Spirit of WTF is coming to a close. Over the past two years, I have spent many hours pouring over the archives in the Dana Porter Library, digging up UW pranks and other historical nuggets. It has been fun, and I’ve discovered that while school spirit has been sequestered for a long time, there have been many outbursts of elaborate and fantastic pranks.
Starting in May, I will no longer be in the Waterloo area and won’t have access to the archives. I will also no longer be a student, so hearing about any new pranks would also be difficult. Therefore, it is with sadness that The Spirit of WTF will become dormant starting at the end of April.
I plan on doing a site overhaul in June, where I will restructure the site for easier browsing, a la The IHTFP Gallery. After that, the site will remain up, and available, but there will no longer be any new updates.
It’s been an interesting 2 years and I’ve certainly learned a lot about UW’s history. If you are interested in this topic, I recommend that you check out The Warrior Wiki, which is a new wiki project run by students in order to make UW’s history more accessible.
Just in case anyone decides that they are interested in carrying on The Spirit of WTF going into the future, feel free to let me know at email@example.com and we’ll see about a hand-off of the site. There are still many other pranks out that I have not been able to fully research.
With all that said, it’s been a fun two years. Remember to study hard, and play hard.
It’s a humorous read, modelled in the fashion of any true Engineering report. It includes safety concerns, implementation details, and technical specification of the concrete mix used. Throughout the document are lighthearted jokes and statements of admiration for our prank rival.
On the morning of November 28th 2011, all the good little boys and good little girls walking through the front foyer of CPH were greeted by a massive Christmas Tree. Held up by a wood base and supported by bungee cords, the tree was so tall, that it even went through the ceiling tiles.
At the base of the tree sat a sign that read “Have you been a good boy or girl? Take a gift!”
One eyewitness said: “Upon opening one of the smaller boxes, I discovered that it was some sort of sleeve for a penis, that had tentacles etc on it. (I am 100% Serious, I think the box was in Chinese)”
Unfortunately, members of Plant Ops were not filled with the holiday spirit and decided that the tree must come down. Using a gas-powered chainsaw indoors, they hacked away at the tree and eventually felled it.
Complete with sand toys, beach balls, inflatable rafts,and even a palm tree, the stunt lifted the spirits of the students who happened across it.
This is not the first time that NEAC has chosen POETS as a target. Previously they have covered every surface with turf (twice!), and wrapped the entire bar in tinfoil. With so many successful attempts, we have to wonder how they continue to get in. :P
Where was Software Engineering? Or Chemical? Or Nano?
Software: We are told that Software Engineering had planned a class-to-class campaign to announce that “Coding is Art” and therefore Software Engineering really ought to be a part of the Faculty of Arts. Unfortunately, the snow day put an end to that. Instead we were given this silly video.
The others?: We never saw or heard anything of Nano Engineering or Chemical Engineering in the pranks department. Let us know if you know better.