If you happen to be driving near the University of British Columbia’s clock tower, you may see a strange sight on the campus this morning. Believe it or not, it’s a red Volkswagen Beetle sitting on top of the university’s clock tower.
University officials won’t have to look too far to find the culprits of this prank. It’s become an infamous tradition among the school’s engineering students; which marks the end of UBC’s e-week. For more than 30 years, the students have dangled the red beetle from bridges located up and down the west coast, including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Engineers have also been known for stealing famous items in pranks, including the Rose Bowl and Stanley Park’s nine-o’clock gun—both returned safely.
But the pranksters have mostly been quiet since 2009, when several students were caught red-handed trying to place the beetle under the second narrows bridge.
However, the Engineering Undergraduate Society denies any knowledge about the planning or people involved in the stunt – a claim they repeat anytime a prank happens.
Engineering students also renovated their Dean’s office overnight, and installed a surveillance camera in the office to capture his reaction: