Back Story | Malfunction Junction

Officially known as Five-Points Intersection, Mississippi State’s infamous “Malfunction Junction” sparked much frustration, fear and more than a few prayers for safe passage. As seen in this photo, it also inspired a bit of humor. In this image from the University Archives, a sign reading “Don’t never ever enter” implores drivers to heed the one-way direction of one of the intersecting roads. Have a story about Malfunction Junction or the railway crossing from which it developed? Share your memories by contacting us at Please include your major(s) and graduation year(s) as some responses may be published in print or online with the next issue.