City of Boston Nostalgia & Facts
This Blog is based upon an email that was sent to me. I have no idea who the author is. If you do, please let me know so I can give them credit. if you are living elsewhere and you are from Boston, then this is sure to give you some fun reminders. Over the years I have added quite a bit to this.
North, South, East, West, Boston Style
The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury. Due north of the center we find the South End.
This is not to be confused with South Boston which lies directly east from the South End.
North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End.
Harvard Bridge Why It Was Not Named The MIT Bridge
The bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge via Massachusetts Avenue is commonly known as the Harvard Bridge. When it was built, the state offered to name the bridge for the Cambridge school that could present the best claim for the honor. Harvard submitted an essay detailing its contributions to education in America, concluding that it deserved the honor of having a bridge leading into Cambridge named for the institution. MIT did a structural analysis of the bridge and found it so full of defects that they agreed that it should be named for Harvard.
The “210” mark on the bridge is known as a Smoot mark. To quote Wikipedia.org on Harvard_Bridge
“In 1958, members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at MIT measured the bridge’s eastern sidewalk by carrying or dragging the shortest pledge that year, Oliver Smoot, using his body like a yardstick. Years after this measuring stunt, Smoot would become president of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and after that, president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Crossing pedestrians are informed by length markers painted at 10-smoot intervals that the bridge is 364.4 smoots long, “plus one ear”. The qualifier “plus or minus” was originally intended to express measurement uncertainty, but over the years the words “or minus” have gone missing in many citations, including the markings on the bridge itself. The marks are repainted twice each year by members of the fraternity.”
Information on Boston and the Surrounding Areas
There is no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, and no water on Water Street. Back Bay
Boston streets are in alphabetical awddah: Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc.
If the streets are named after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you are on Beacon Hill. If they are named after poets, you are in Wellesley.
Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave. Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave.
South Boston is Southie. The South End is the South End. East Boston is Eastie. The North End is east of the former West End. The West End and Scully Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night. Roxbury is The Burree, Jamaica Plain is J.P.
How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly
Worcester : Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester : Glawsta
Leicester : Lesta
Woburn : Woobun
Dedham : Dead-um
Revere : Re -vee-ah
Quincy : Quinzee
Tewksbury : Tooks ber ry
Leominster : Le-min-sta
Peabody : Pee-ba-dee
Waltham : Walth-ham
Chatham : Chaddum
Samoset: Sam-oh-set or Sum-aw-set, but nevah Summerset!
Frappes are made with ice cream; milkshakes are not.
Soda means CLUB SODA.
Pop refers to DAD.
When we want Tonic WATER, we will ask for TONIC WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish.
If you paid more than $7/pound, you got scrod.
It is not a water fountain; it is a bubblah.
It is not a spucky, a hero, or a grinder; it is a sub.
They are not franks; they are haht dahgs; franks are money used in Switzahland.
Police do not drive patrol units or black and whites; they drive a crewzas. If you take the bus,
you’re on the looza crooza. It is not a rubber band; it is an elastic. It is not a traffic circle, it is a rotary.
“Going to the islands” means going to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket .
The Sox = The Red Sox
The Cs = The Celtics
The Bs = The Bruins
Things not to do:
Do not pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd. They will tow it to Meffa ( Medford ) or Summahville (Somerville) .
Do not sleep on the Common. ( Boston Common)
Do not wear orange in Southie on St. Patrick’s Day.
Things you should know
The colored lights on top the old Hancock tell the weatha:
“Solid blue, clear view.”
“Flashing blue, clouds due.”
“Solid red, rain ahead.”
“Flashing red, snow instead.” (except in summer, flashing red means the Red Sox game was rained out!
Most people live here all their life and still do not know what the hell is going on with this one.
Route 128 South is I-95 south. It is also I-93 north.
The underground train is not a subway. It is the T, and it does not run all night (fah chrysakes,
this ain’t Noo Yawk).
Order the cold tea in China Town after 2:00 am; you will get a kettle full of beer.
Bostonians: think that it is their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
Bostonians: think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no Rs, except in idear.
Bostonians: think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
Bostonians: refer to six inches of snow as a dusting.
Bostonians: always hang a left as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it..
Bostonians: believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.
Bostonians: think that 63 degree ocean water is warm.
Bostonians: think Rhode Island accents are annoying.
(1634) The Boston Common is the First Public Park in America
(1639) The First Free American Public School. The Mather School. It was Founded in Dorchester
(1639) America’s 1st Post Office (At Richard Fairbank’s House) His house was located between Washington & Devonshire Streets
(1639), America’s first UFO was sighted over the Charles River in Boston. Governor John Winthrop made an entry in his journal regarding this strange event. The primary witness was described as a man of good reputation, activity and estate in Boston.
(1653) The First American Public Library was Founded in Boston
(1704) The First Regularly Issued American Newpaper. The Boston News-Letter
(1716) The First American Lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor
(1721) America’s 1st Inoculation (Smallpox)
(1780) First State Constitution
(1785) Americas 1st Unitarian Church (Kings Chapel)
(1797) First commissioned Navy warship: The USS Constitution
(1806) The First Church built by free black in America. The African Meeting House. Opened on Joy Street in Boston
(1831) The first abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, was published in Boston by William Lloyd Garrison.
(1835) America’s 1st Public School for Blacks (Abiel Smith School)
(1837) First Electric telegraph invented by Samuel Morse
(1837) First city police department
(1845) The first sewing machine was made by Elias Howe in Boston.
(1846) 1st Demonstration Ether (Anestetic) Mass General Hospital
(1862) America’s 1st Organized Football Club
(1863) 1st Civil War Free Black Regiment (Mass 54th)
(1875) The first American Christmas card was printed by Louis Prang in Boston.
(1876) The first telephone was demonstrated by Alexander Graham Bell in Boston.
(1877) First woman in the United State to earn a Ph.D, Helen Magill White
(1877) First cookbook: The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook, by Fanny
(1897) America’s 1st Annual Marathon (Boston Marathon)
(1898) The first American subway system was opened in Boston.
(1903) 1st Baseball World Series Game (Red Sox 3 vs. Pirates 7)
(1950) 1st Dunkin Dounts
(1955) First U.S. President to win the Pulitzer Prize: John F. Kennedy
(1954) 1st Kidney Transplant Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
(1960) First minicomputer
(2006) First in-utero operation, Children’s Hospital in Boston
(2009 )First MLB team with 500 consecutive sell outs
(2011) First full face transplant in the U.S
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