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Origin: Drink From a Fire Hose

Summary #

In 1991, a group of MIT students attached a fire hose to a water fountain thus fulfilling former MIT President Jerome Wiesner's notion that getting an education from MIT was comparable to getting a drink from a fire hose.

Firehose Drinking Fountain

"Getting an education from MIT is like trying to get a drink from a firehose."

(Photo: MIT Hacks)

See Also #

  • Fire Hose Drinking Fountain at MIT's Interesting Hacks To Fascinate People Gallery for more details.

  • Firehose at YouTube for a famous scene in the 1989 film UHF during which Michael Richards provides a drink from a fire hose as a prize on a television show.

  • Fire hose at Wikipedia for a description of the history and types of fire hoses.