Annapolis, Maryland: Hyman Rickover's Shiny NoseRub the famous admiral's large, bronze nose for luck, just like the midshipmen do.
U.S. Naval Academy
- Holloway Rd, Annapolis, MD
- The statue is at Rickover Hall, part of the Nuclear Science Building, on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Visitor Tips and News About Hyman Rickover's Shiny Nose
Although the bust of Hyman Rickover sits just a few meters inside the lobby from the front door of the Nuclear Science building, a sign out side of the building clearly states "Authorized Personnel Only". The door is usually open during the day and while the lobby is usually empty, it is obvious there are plenty of security cameras around to catch the adventurous "nose-rubber". The urge to just run in and give ole Hyman's nose one little rub may be irresistable, but you might ask you self one question first, "Do I feel lucky?" Or just ask find one of the many very pleasant and courteous midshipmen to escort you inside so that you can satisfy your urge. I'm sure that they would be more than happy to oblige and to have a tale to tell their classmates about the strange tourists on campus.[Nosey Rubber, 08/26/2002]
Here at the Naval Academy we have a huge statue of a goat (our mascot) near the front gate. The goat is rearing up, and if one looks closely, one may notice a part of the statue that is rubbed shiny, similar to Hyman Rickover's nose. However, it isn't the goat's nose. Why would someone want to shine the goat's unmentionables? Well, a few years back, it used to be a punishment for a plebe (freshman) to have to "take care of business," so to speak.[J.M. Sebastian, 05/06/1999]
I understand that the nose of the statue of Hyman Rickover in the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, is rubbed by seniors preparing to take finals in nuclear engineering.[Ed Scott, 08/21/1997]