Boston Odds and Ends

It is fair to say that most people consider Boston a strictly historical city. With a variety of universities, a fairly basic public transportation system and a rich, textbook-style history, Boston may not stand out in a list as particularly outrageous. Still, every city has its oddities, so here are just a few to take a look at.

There is a Boston-based company that allows you to send a potato to whomever you desire. Through sendapotato.com, you can send a potato with just stamps and an address to a recipient anonymously. Shipping one potato costs a whopping $10, but that price won’t “fry” your wallet because a $3 charitable donation to the World Food Program USA is “mashed” right into that fee. Check out the site at: http://www.sendapotato.com

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Boston is also home to MOBA, The Museum of Bad Art. Unlike traditional museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts or The Museum of Science, this museum only displays the most horrific of art in all its forms. MOBA contains a collection off about 600 pieces, though only about 50-70 pieces are displayed at a time. MOBA sticks by a simple, yet straightforward motto: “Art too bad to be ignored.”

Boston has a lot more history than the Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. As it turns out, Boston was also the site of the first execution for the crime of being a witch. Poor Margaret Jones was executed on June 15, 1648, but it was later discovered that she was, contrary to popular belief, not a witch (surprising).

Boston also stands by a variety of weird laws. It is not uncommon for Bostonians to break these laws, so it seems that they usually go without penalty. As it turns out, no one may take a bath in Boston without a prescription. It is also illegal for any citizen to own more than three dogs. It is illegal to eat peanuts in church, and most importantly, no one may cross the Boston Common without carrying a shotgun (in case of bears).

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Although some of Boston's laws may seem like a thing of the past, the technology industry is booming in Boston. One company, Terrafugia, based in Woburn, is working on a practical flying car. The first step is to create a street-legal airplane-car that is both safe and convenient. Once this product, “The Transition” goes into circulation, Terrafugia plans on working on the “TF-X,” a hybrid-electric flying car.

Boston is a land of firsts. It is home to the country’s first public park, the Boston Common, which was founded in 1634. Boston also lays claim to the country’s first public beach, Revere Beach. The Tremont Subway became the first American subway in 1897. Most importantly, the first Dunkin' Donuts ever built is nearby in Quincy, MA on Hancock Street.

The famous Citgo sign in Kenmore Square was made with 5 miles of neon tubing. The sign was upgraded to LED lights in early 2005, and it illuminates from dusk until midnight by a computer-operated system. It has been hit by 5 hurricanes, each with winds over 80 mph. The Citgo sign is said to be the largest sign in New England, measuring 60 feet by 60 feet.

These idiosyncrasies all make Boston the unique city that it is. Bostonians have a lot to be proud of, and BC students are just one of those prides.

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