Think you know everything about the history of Beantown? These 10 crazy Boston facts may just leave you scratching your head!
1. For 17 years, Bostonians could get a driver’s license without passing a test.
In 1903 Massachusetts began requiring its residents to obtain a license to drive, but until 1920 there was no skills test involved! Chauffers were required to pass a test starting in 1907, but the average citizen simply had to apply.
2. There were actually two Boston Tea Parties.
On December 16, 1773, more than 90,000 lbs. of tea were thrown into the harbor during the famous Boston Tea . OnMarch 7, 1774, history repeated itself when 60 people boarded the ship, Fortune and tossed 3,000 lbs.of tea overboard.
3. The "Citgo" sign used to be filled with five miles of neon tubing.
If stretched out, the tubing could have reached from Kenmore Square to Fort Independence (via Broadway). Since the sign was renovated, it now uses LED lights.
4. The swan boats were inspired by an opera.
5. The Hancock Tower used to make people ill.
6. The giant Hood Milk Bottle outside the Boston Children’s Museum could hold 58,620 gallons of milk.