Fun Facts About the 50 States: Massachusetts

Posted on September 29, 2012 8:00 am

Welcome to Fun Facts About the 50 States, where – week by week – I’ll be taking you on a tour around this great nation of ours, providing you with interesting, yet completely useless and probably untrue, information about each of the 50 states.

This week, it’s time to pass out on the floor of the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts, so let’s get started…
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In 2009, this design replaced the old state flag of Massachusetts, which consisted of a white field emblazoned with a fat senator waving a gin bottle while driving off a bridge.

* Massachusetts became the 6th state on February 6th 1788, thereby stripping Pennsylvania of its coveted “hardest state name to spell correctly” title.

* The state motto of Massachusetts is “The Yankees Suck!”

* The state flower of Massachusetts is the gin blossom, which made Ted Kennedy’s face a protected state wilderness area.

* The highest point in Massachusetts is Mt. Greylock at 3500 feet. It was recently re-named “Mt. Whitelock” after it successfully defeated a Balrog.

* Massachusetts was nicknamed the Bay State because its large native population of werewolves spend a lot of time howling at the moon.

* The word Massachusetts is a Narraganset Indian word meaning “Tribal elders say ok. Squaw can marry squaw”.

* Massachusetts has a population of 6 million people, all of whom have a harder time pronouncing the letter “R” than a busload of Japanese tourists.

* The state song of Massachusetts is “The Theme From Brokeback Mountain”.

* Actor Jack Albertson was born in Malden, Massachusetts, and was best known for playing Grandpa Joe in the original version of “Teddy and the Whiskey Factory”.

* Salem, Massachusetts was the site of the infamous witch trials of 1692, where over 50 women were burned at the stake for weighing the same as a duck.

* The first subway system was built in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1897. The subway cars were originally propelled by lashing an Irishman to the front and dangling a potato in front of him.

* The town of Franklin, Massachusetts was NOT named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, as most people think, but rather for the token black kid in the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special.

* The city of Rockport, Massachusetts contains a house that’s built entirely out of old newspapers. Visitors are requested not to jump to any hasty conclusions regarding why the toilet is made out of the New York Times.

* The birth control pill was invented in Worcester, Massachusetts, and proved to be even more effective at preventing conception than attending a Star Trek Convention dressed as a Klingon.

* Boston, Massachusetts takes its name from an Irish word meaning “crime-ridden cesspool”.

* The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 after the sword Excalibur was pulled from Plymouth Rock by Arthur, King of the Pilgrims.

* Why, yes, I *was* watching “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” while reseaching these fun facts.

* All the Founding Fathers threw tea into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party on December 16th, 1773, except for John Hancock, who was busy writing his name in the snow in letters large enough for King George to read without his glasses.

* Massachusetts was originally settled by the cast of the British TV show, “Survivor: Plymouth”.

* Massachusetts is currently engulfed in a brutal civil war between Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme over which is the “One True Donut”.

* The Massachusetts tourism slogan is, “Man, woman, goat – whatever – if you can fit it into a wedding dress, you can marry it here.”

* On this day in 1985, Ted Kennedy successfully drove over a brige without killing anyone.

* Well, technically he ran over a homeless guy, but that doesn’t really count.

* Soldiers from Massachusetts are the most feared of all American fighting men, since – being true Patriots – they always defeat their enemies with a last-second field goal.
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Well, that wraps up the Massachusetts edition of Fun Facts About the 50 States. Next week I’ll be taking a swing through the land of new cars and breakfast cereals as I visit Michigan.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish getting this goat into a wedding dress.

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13 Responses to “Fun Facts About the 50 States: Massachusetts”

  1. Fun Facts About the 50 States: Massachusetts | I'm a Man! I'm 41! links:

    […] IMAO – Welcome to Fun Facts About the 50 States, where – week by week – I’ll be taking you on a tour around this great nation of ours, providing you with interesting, yet completely useless and probably untrue, information about each of the 50 states. This week, it’s time to pass out on the floor of the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts, so let’s get started… Fun Facts Here […]

  2. Ogrrre says:

    A cutlass and a projectile weapon on the state flag? Not very PC are they? Or is that a portrait of Fauxcahontas attempting to prove she is 1/32 Cherokee?

  3. Jimmy says:

    I’ll dangle a potato in front your bacon!

  4. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    The signs on the Massachusetts turnpike USED to be a Pilgrim hat with an arrow through it and they got rid of it because it offennnnnnnnnnded someone. Don’t ask me why a girl Indian with a bow and arrow isn’t offensive. Plus, I really doubt girl Indians did the hunting, they were all Harvard professors and fake lawyers .

  5. hadsil says:

    I travel to Massachusetts three times a year. I can attest – the state motto is true. Red Sox are pathetic. Even when I want them to win (against Baltimore), they lose. You’d think they lost on purpose. Hmmm. Go Yankees!

  6. Les says:

    I happen to be a descendant of the guy who was first in charge of the cannon in the Revolutionary War. A couple of months before Paul Revere’s ride, Col. Mason disrupted a service at the North Church, yelling, “The reg’lars are coming!” Yeah, Revere totally stole that line. Mason had hid the guns in the woods near Salem as the British were marching in to confiscate them, and negotiated Leslie’s Retreat from atop a ladder on the other side of a raised drawbridge.

    His exact quote: “Now go away, or I shall taunt you for a second time!”

    Okay, that last part is a bit of an embellishment.

    Anyway, I’m proud to consider myself 1/128th Revolutionary. I should write a cookbook.

  7. Les says:

    “Mason had hidden the guns,” rather. What do you want, good grammar or good authentic patriot bouillabaisse?

  8. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    State Motto – “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” – ( By the sword taking away guns we seek peace, but peace only under liberty liberalism.)

  9. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    The arms, which form the central part of the Great Seal

    …shall consist of a shield, whereof the field or surface is blue, and thereon an Indian dressed in his shirt and moccasins, holding in his right hand a bow, and in his left hand an arrow…………

    Clearly, the Indian NATIVE AMERICAN on the flag is self identifying as a female and these diversity crazed liberals not only refer to her as HIM, they call her an Indian!!!
    This is an outrage!
    http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/presea/sealhis.htm

    Sounds like a job for the state’s soon to be first Indian fake Indian senator.

  10. 20mmAutomatic says:

    Being from MA I can verify that all of these are 100% true except the Krispy Kreme/Dunkin one. Krispy lost it a few years ago and now Dunks are all that’s left with spare tire like goodness.

    Also, you left out the Chappaquiddick Flume Ride on Marthas Vineyard.

  11. Iowa Jim says:

    Massachusetts became the 6th state on February 6th 1788, thereby stripping Pennsylvania of its coveted “hardest state name to spell correctly” title.

    Not for Obama. For him, it’s Ohio.

  12. zzyzx says:

    A potato? I heard it was a bottle of Jameson they dangled in front of that subway propelling Irishman.

  13. J.M. Heinrichs says:

    Also:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston,_Lincolnshire
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Botolph%27s_Church,_Boston

    Cheers

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