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Things You Should Know – the Boston Molasses Flood

I know it is sad - but it's not like things were that great BEFORE the flood.  It was Boston after all.

I know it is sad - but it's not like things were that great BEFORE the flood. It was Boston after all.

OK – so please keep in mind that I am giving you these things so that you can sound witty and smart in VERY SMALL DOSES.  If anyone asks you any follow up questions on these, then you need to change the subject quick.  I reccomend pretending to have a seizure or, if possible, actually having a seizure.  Or you can just make some shit up.  How are they gonna know?  Anyway – let’s talk the Boston Molasses Flood.

On January 15, 1919 the Purity Distilling Company in Boston, MA had this big tank full of Molasses.  About TWO POINT THREE MILLION GALLONS of it.  Now, I don’t know what kind of engineering they had in 1919.  I mean, I know they had trains and cannons and the Titanic, but where did they figure they could build something that would hold 2.3 million gallons of anything let alone molasses?  Hell, I bet if you filled one of the pyrmaids with molasses the shit would break open.  Anyway, it broke open (big surprise) and a big wall of molasses flooded Boston.  And fucked up their shit.

The flood only killed 21 people.  I say only cause it was 1919 and I am sure more people in Boston died that day from scurvy or consumption or the Redcoats.  And it is no fun talking about how much it cost to clean up cause it was 1919 and an house cost like, $40.00.  So instead, I will give you some questions to use as conversation diverters, since the whole good part of the story is so short.

  1. Who the hell needs that much molasses?  Did people use it for soap back then?
  2. Do you have molasses in your house?  If yes, are you a weirdo or a baker?
  3. Remember when Boston could use the Red Sox sucking as their badge of honor?  What do they have now?
  4. I bet the bees liked all that molasses.  Have you heard about what’s happening to the bees?

Looks like I am gonna have to do one of these about the bees now…

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Acadia Einstein

I'm the funny one. And the handsome one. And I pay for everything.

5 Comments

  1. Hotspur

    They didn’t have the Titanic in 1919. That shit sank on April 15, 1912. Look it up if you need to.

    Just another fact that you can impress loads of friends with.

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  2. Acadia

    Originally Posted By HotspurThey didn’t have the Titanic in 1919. That shit sank on April 15, 1912. Look it up if you need to.

    Just another fact that you can impress loads of friends with.

    I know when the Titanic sank, doof. Just because you were there doesn’t mean you need to be a show off!

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  3. David L

    Dude, what do you think they make rum out of? Boston, specifically Medford, was a huge rum producer. Molasses IN – rum OUT!

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  4. vettech

    Today, fermented molasses is being used to produce ethanol…which is one of the most promising alternative fuels. ( If anyone else but me had watched that show “Cane” you would know that)

    The most common usage back in the 1800’s for molasses was brick and mortar construction, as the molasses was used in the making of mortar.

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  5. David L

    @vettech – I stand corrected. It was the late 1600’s into the 1700’s until the British taxed it so high we gave birth to Bourbon to take Rums place. The making of mortar I was not aware of. Would that be known today as food grade construction material? lol

    What channel was “Cane” on and when? Discovery, History, etc., it sounds pretty interesting.
    .-= David L´s last blog ..Avatar With An Attitude! =-.

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