January 15, 1919

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1919 a 30 foot wall of molasses washed through Boston and killed 21 people. Really, a 30 foot wall of molasses washed through Boston and drowned 21 people. Apparently, there are a lot of things and people slower than a 30 foot wall of molasses in January. The Great Boston Molasses Tragedy occurred when a 50 foot tall round storage tank that was 90 feet in diameter collapsed and it released 2,300,000 gallons of molasses onto the street. It was calculated that the 30 foot tall wave rushed outwards at 35 miles and hour and drowned or crushed 21 people and injured 150 others. The people of Boston have ever since them preferred maple syrup on their pancakes.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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