Education: Piano Lesson

Jimmy Durante would be the first to admit that he would never qualify as a deep student of scientific theory. But last week, one of the Old Schnozz's nightclub specialities—piano wrecking—was becoming the newest college campus craze, and all in the name of science.

Unlike Durante, who tears pianos apart with his bare hands, collegiate wreckers use axes, sledge hammers, iron wedges, crowbars and brooms. Working against the clock, the students must batter a piano into pieces small enough to be passed through a hole in a board 20 cm. (7.87 in.) in diameter. The sport got its start at Britain's Derby...

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