In a photo essay linked to from the Time Magazine article linked to above, there's a photo of a girl with a new Mac (circa 1985) and assorted packing detritus. The caption tells us 'Here, a freshman at Drexel University shows off a gift from her alma mater; in 1985, the school issued each incoming student a new Microsoft computer.
The student confirmed that he was not pulling an elaborate hoax himself; he was indeed fooled, thinking the pigeon’s pecks were a kind of metaphor for numbers of clicks a website receives.
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