The Great Molasses Flood of ’19

The family’s Consigliere pointed out that today is an important day in history.

The Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston. A large molasses tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph, killing 21 and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and residents claim that on hot summer days the area still smells of molasses.

Yes.

Molasses.

In January.

One of the worst jobs my dad would make me do (because he couldn’t pay anybody else enough) was to clean the molasses barrel pump. He ran a feed mill and cattle loves their molasses mixed in their feed.

So he bought it by the barrel, eventually by the tanker-truck.

You’re thinking molasses cookie smell.

No way. Molasses stinks

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The Great Molasses Flood of ’19 — 4 Comments

  1. I guess the Boston molasses stunk, too. It was used for industrial purposes. Read The Dark Tide, about the great molasses flood.

  2. Damn. I saw this yesterday, but didn’t get to post. This is fricken’ hilarious… Even if people did die.

    How in the hell do you get killed by molasses moving 35 MPH? I have never seen molasses move more than .01 mph.