Weekend Reading: Piano Drop Edition

Weekend Reading: Piano Drop Edition

Oh hey Friday, so good to see you again. Come in and sit with me because I have a secret to tell you: I love bad ideas.  In fact, I have a special weakness for the supremely bad idea. When executed on a large scale, a bad idea can easily become a work of art. To me, there is no cause more noble than the single-minded pursuit of an idea so hare-brained that anyone you mention it to will almost certainly shake their head and move a little bit away in order to maintain a safe distance.

So let me tell you some stories of people who took their bad ideas and turned them into works of art.

  • Let’s start by talking about piano drops. Specifically, the Piano Drop that occurred on April 28, 1968 in Duvall, Washington. If you’re into  tales about ill-advised schemes to drop a piano from a helicopter just to see it break (and who is not?), you’ll want to devote a good chunk of time to this long read in Collector’s Weekly.
Friday Fun Links

The Piano Drop Ad featuring Country Joe McDonald and The Fish

Each spring, the denizens of Baker House drop an old, irreparable piano off the roof to let it plunge six stories onto the ground, to celebrate Drop Date, the last date one can drop classes at MIT. The resulting noise has spawned a unit of sound volume, known as the Bruno.

And so, without further ado, the 2015 MIT Piano Drop – April 23, 2015:

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