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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1919, the Great Boston Molasses Flood took place, a tragedy unrivaled in American history until the horrific Philly Cheese Steak Explosion and the Chicago Style Pizza   (history.com) divider line
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2021-01-15 3:39:40 PM  
"Run for you lives!"
...
"Okay fine...Walk! Walk for your lives!"
 
2021-01-15 6:51:58 PM  
The wave travelled at more than 25 mph.  You better run!
 
2021-01-15 6:54:06 PM  
The History Guy has a video about it, if any of you are interested.

The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919
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2021-01-15 6:54:24 PM  
On YouTube, there is a great video on the subject done by The History Guy. Highly recommended.
 
2021-01-15 6:55:20 PM  
Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.
 
2021-01-15 6:57:31 PM  
Subby misspelled "St. Louis-style."
 
2021-01-15 6:59:47 PM  
"Slower than molasses in January," is a heck of a lot faster than I thought.
 
2021-01-15 7:03:38 PM  

Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.


GTFOH.

Deep Dish is the 💣
 
2021-01-15 7:05:11 PM  
It was awful. The aim of the molasses was apparently to paralyze the Massachusetts legislature. Security forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and there is some evidence that some security personnel actually allowed the molasses to enter the state Capitol. Also, the president of the United States Industrial Alcohol Company incited the molasses to flow into the capitol.
 
2021-01-15 7:07:41 PM  
Every time this day is brought up I'm reminded of Sid Bream going around third at something close to 0 mph.
 
2021-01-15 7:08:56 PM  
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2021-01-15 7:09:10 PM  

Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.


Not as bad as Cincinnati Chili.
 
2021-01-15 7:09:38 PM  
Molasses
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2021-01-15 7:11:01 PM  

Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.


I'm not sure how a pizza lasagna is somehow worse than shredded beef, cheese wiz and jalapenos.

Deep dish is a dinner. And a philly cheese steak is stoner/drunk food.
 
2021-01-15 7:11:20 PM  

MBooda: It was awful. The aim of the molasses was apparently to paralyze the Massachusetts legislature. Security forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and there is some evidence that some security personnel actually allowed the molasses to enter the state Capitol. Also, the president of the United States Industrial Alcohol Company incited the molasses to flow into the capitol.


And it all goes to show how bad things could have gotten last week if the Trumpers had the intelligence of molasses, but fortunately they're much dumber than that.
 
2021-01-15 7:16:47 PM  

Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.


Yes, taking children away from parents and giving their mothers forced hysterectomies is fine with you, but god forbid you see deep dish pizza.
 
2021-01-15 7:18:20 PM  
My favorite part of the whole story is when it started leaking their solution was to paint it brown to hide the leaks. It is such a simply elegant fix.
 
2021-01-15 7:18:23 PM  
Aussie_As:And it all goes to show how bad things could have gotten last week if the Trumpers had the intelligence of molasses, but fortunately they're much dumber than that.

Exactly this.
 
2021-01-15 7:18:54 PM  
Annual Fark.
 
2021-01-15 7:19:34 PM  
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2021-01-15 7:19:44 PM  

waxbeans: Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.

GTFOH.

Deep Dish is the 💣


It's a nice piece of pizza pie. Emphasis on PIE.

Pizza PIE, man. How can you hate on that?
 
2021-01-15 7:22:00 PM  
Nothing compared to the great London Beer Flood of 1914: https://www.historic-uk.com/Hist​oryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-London-Beer​-Flood-of-1814/
 
2021-01-15 7:22:17 PM  
It's a farking casserole.
 
2021-01-15 7:23:25 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.

Yes, taking children away from parents and giving their mothers forced hysterectomies is fine with you, but god forbid you see deep dish pizza.


Um, where in the link, or this thread, has any mention been made about any of that?  Jumping to conclusions about what is "fine" with me, when this thread is about subby's link and headline, is just stupid.

BTW, I am certainly NOT fine with taking kids away from parents and forced hysterectomies, but thanks anyway for injected those unrelated subjects in the thread.
 
2021-01-15 7:23:37 PM  
That must have smelled so good and also so awful.
 
jvl [BareFark]
2021-01-15 7:26:21 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: I'm not sure how a pizza lasagna is somehow worse than shredded beef, cheese wiz and jalapenos.


Jalapeños? WTF are you even doing?

No Jalapeños. No farking peppers. No goddam real cheese. This is a sandwich for extremely white people who just want steak and "cheese", maybe with grilled onions, on a very white roll.
 
2021-01-15 7:33:56 PM  
What a hot mess. A sticky wicket. Somebody made a ginger snap judgement not to fix the tanks. No longer a sweet success.
 
2021-01-15 7:35:59 PM  

Whatthefark: Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.

Not as bad as Cincinnati Chili.


Ah, but it goes great on Coney dogs.
 
2021-01-15 7:36:37 PM  

jvl: AppleOptionEsc: I'm not sure how a pizza lasagna is somehow worse than shredded beef, cheese wiz and jalapenos.

Jalapeños? WTF are you even doing?

No Jalapeños. No farking peppers. No goddam real cheese. This is a sandwich for extremely white people who just want steak and "cheese", maybe with grilled onions, on a very white roll.


It's even worse than I imagined. It's like a hotocket.
 
2021-01-15 7:40:22 PM  
Sweet
 
2021-01-15 7:45:41 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.

Yes, taking children away from parents and giving their mothers forced hysterectomies is fine with you, but god forbid you see deep dish pizza.


I think I'm missing some context here.
 
2021-01-15 7:47:23 PM  

0z79: waxbeans: Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.

GTFOH.

Deep Dish is the 💣

It's a nice piece of pizza pie. Emphasis on PIE.

Pizza PIE, man. How can you hate on that?


I'm gonna go with NO. JUST NO I've lived in New York, Chicago, and Naples.

So Naples REALLY flat dough But acceptable.

New York. The gold standard. Preferably at a good place with real mozz. But a bad slice is better than the abomination. I SAY ABOMINATION that is Chicago pizza.

Now I want to be fair. Chicago Hot Dogs are top notch. And Philly cheese steak is awesome.

I'm guessing you can probably get better Asian or Mexican food in parts of the country. But Greek food carts and Italian restaurants and pizza. What's that place under the Brooklyn Bridge? Incredible
 
2021-01-15 7:52:20 PM  

Serious Post on Serious Thread: 0z79: waxbeans: Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.

GTFOH.

Deep Dish is the 💣

It's a nice piece of pizza pie. Emphasis on PIE.

Pizza PIE, man. How can you hate on that?

I'm gonna go with NO. JUST NO I've lived in New York, Chicago, and Naples.

So Naples REALLY flat dough But acceptable.

New York. The gold standard. Preferably at a good place with real mozz. But a bad slice is better than the abomination. I SAY ABOMINATION that is Chicago pizza.

Now I want to be fair. Chicago Hot Dogs are top notch. And Philly cheese steak is awesome.

I'm guessing you can probably get better Asian or Mexican food in parts of the country. But Greek food carts and Italian restaurants and pizza. What's that place under the Brooklyn Bridge? Incredible


Yeah? Well, I'm not that stuck-up.
 
2021-01-15 7:53:31 PM  

jzeeb: My favorite part of the whole story is when it started leaking their solution was to paint it brown to hide the leaks. It is such a simply elegant fix.


Paint hides a lot of sins.
 
2021-01-15 7:56:03 PM  
Pineapple on pizza strangely absent
 
2021-01-15 7:58:06 PM  

Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.


And yet it looks much more appetizing than that cardboard NYC calls pizza.
 
2021-01-15 8:03:28 PM  
I recall reading that people tracked the stuff everywhere. It spread quite a distance. For ages, you couldn't touch anything in Boston that wasn't sticky.
 
2021-01-15 8:04:33 PM  

Metastatic Capricorn: I recall reading that people tracked the stuff everywhere. It spread quite a distance. For ages, you couldn't touch anything in Boston that wasn't sticky.


Also that that area of the North End smelled like molasses for decades afterward on hot summer days, because it had soaked into everything.
 
2021-01-15 8:06:42 PM  

0z79: Serious Post on Serious Thread: 0z79: waxbeans: Albert911emt: Chicago style pizza is the more egregious atrocity. A crime against nature.

GTFOH.

Deep Dish is the 💣

It's a nice piece of pizza pie. Emphasis on PIE.

Pizza PIE, man. How can you hate on that?

I'm gonna go with NO. JUST NO I've lived in New York, Chicago, and Naples.

So Naples REALLY flat dough But acceptable.

New York. The gold standard. Preferably at a good place with real mozz. But a bad slice is better than the abomination. I SAY ABOMINATION that is Chicago pizza.

Now I want to be fair. Chicago Hot Dogs are top notch. And Philly cheese steak is awesome.

I'm guessing you can probably get better Asian or Mexican food in parts of the country. But Greek food carts and Italian restaurants and pizza. What's that place under the Brooklyn Bridge? Incredible

Yeah? Well, I'm not that stuck-up.


You got me all wrong. Not stuck up at all. My pallet was honed on venison rabbit and bear. Also eels I pulled out of neversink. Maybe Delaware River. And pickerel and catfish from lakes. Had squirrel sometimes. Just wasn't as good as rabbit.

Also wild fruit. Apples mostly but also plums currents blackberries raspberries and blueberries. Occasionally a wild strawberry. They were rare.

And garden veges. Cucumber tomatoes carrots winter squash
 
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2021-01-15 8:16:36 PM  

geekbikerskum: Metastatic Capricorn: I recall reading that people tracked the stuff everywhere. It spread quite a distance. For ages, you couldn't touch anything in Boston that wasn't sticky.

Also that that area of the North End smelled like molasses for decades afterward on hot summer days, because it had soaked into everything.


Some say (like that?  "some say") you can smell it on hot days to this day.
 
2021-01-15 8:29:32 PM  

OgreMagi: It's a farking casserole.


Flat bread .
 
2021-01-15 8:33:09 PM  
Why is molasses so expensive for what it is?
 
2021-01-15 8:33:39 PM  

GaperKiller: jzeeb: My favorite part of the whole story is when it started leaking their solution was to paint it brown to hide the leaks. It is such a simply elegant fix.

Paint hides a lot of sins.


Sold a house in your life, have ya?

/fist bump
 
2021-01-15 8:41:56 PM  

Flincher: Pineapple on pizza strangely absent


I like Hawaiin pizza.  And Chicago style.  And New York style.  The only thing I won't tolerate on pizza is anchovies - I can barely swallow one bite and even then I have gross fish burps for a couple hours, with each one making me gag.

I have no idea how people eat anchovy pizza but some are the same with mushrooms as I am with anchovies and I love mushrooms.  Shrug.  To each their own.

I don't care for a traditional Philly cheesesteak.  Make a cheesesteak with marinated meat, onions, peppers, mushrooms and a smear of mayo and I'll be on it like a fat NotThatGuyAgain on a cheesesteak.

A chain here named Lenny's has a yummy one.  Even better when they cook it with some of their hot chili sauce.  Hell to the yes.
 
2021-01-15 8:47:30 PM  
Great Molasses Disaster by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets [Official]
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2021-01-15 8:52:20 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: I have no idea how people eat anchovy pizza but some are the same with mushrooms as I am with anchovies and I love mushrooms.


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Never had them on pizza but love anchovies in sauces and pasta but if my wife ever wants something that I wont eat her leftovers of, she'll order the thing with mushrooms. The sight/smell of them makes me nope the fark out.
 
2021-01-15 10:16:05 PM  
Tell me again about how the free market corrects for everything and we don't need government regulations, goddamn libertarian (i.e. Republican) douchebags.
 
2021-01-15 10:35:18 PM  
It ain't got nothing on the Great Pineapple & Pizza Collision that took place in Canadiastan all those years ago.  They say on cold, quiet nights, you can still hear Doug saying, "Hey you hosers, you lost the hockey game now eat the pineapple pizza, eh."
 
2021-01-15 10:39:21 PM  

cefm: Tell me again about how the free market corrects for everything and we don't need government regulations, goddamn libertarian (i.e. Republican) douchebags.


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2021-01-15 10:48:35 PM  
Kind of hard to take this seriously at first blush, but the devastation and loss of life was truly tragic and it was a pivotal event in many ways.  Steven Puleo's Dark Tide is a really well-done and interesting read on the topic.
The book covers everything from the molasses tank's construction in 1915 through the multiyear lawsuit that followed the disaster, and examines the sweeping changes brought about by World War I, Prohibition, the anarchist movement, immigration, and the expanding role of big business in society. It's also a chronicle of the courage of ordinary people, from the firemen caught in an unimaginable catastrophe to the soldier-lawyer who presided over the lawsuit with heroic impartiality.Highly recommended.
 
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