Courtesy of stateuniversity.com
Caltech no longer has a football team, but there was a time that the football team played at the Rose Bowl, the only college football team that did so during the regular season.
Back before the "Harvard sucks" prank in 2004, Caltech pulled off the most epic photobomb in history.
During the 1961 Rose Bowl between Washington and Minnesota, the Beavers brought attention to themselves by adjusting the Washington flip card show that was to take place at halftime of the "grandaddy of them all."
A group of Caltech students broke into the locker room where the Washington cheerleaders kept there equipment, changed the papers with directions for the flip cards, then sneaked back in and replaced them.
Hilarity ensued. On national television.
Eleven tricks into the card routine at halftime, all was well. The 12th set showed a beaver, the Caltech mascot, instead of the intended husky.
The 13th card trick was an illegible group of letters.
But the 14th trick was the crowning jewel. When the Washington fans flipped the cards over, they read "caltech."
The stadium was silent for a few moments as the Washington cheerleaders and fans who saw the cards tried to figure out what was going on.
Laughter ensued once folks began to realize that Caltech had pulled off the prank of all pranks.