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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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the Boston Molasses Disaster

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The Boston Tea Party — yep, we know all about that. We spent a lot of time learning about that particular protest in school. But have you ever heard of the Boston Molasses Disaster? On January 15, 1919, a 90-foot wide cast-iron tank belonging to the United States Industrial Alcohol Company and filled to the brim with sticky molasses, exploded and spilled 2.5 million gallons of crude molasses into the streets of Boston. The stuff ran through the streets like a tsunami, 15 feet high and reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour. The molasses tsunami demolished everything in its path, toppling buildings, drowning horses, and eventually killed 21 and injured 150. It took weeks to clean up the mess, and the smell of molasses lingered on hot days for decades.

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