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Massachusetts Crazy Laws and Fun Facts

Updated on June 3, 2019
Boston nighttime skyline
Boston nighttime skyline | Source

Crazy Massachusetts Laws

  • Candy may not contain more than 1% alcohol.
  • An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
  • Goatees are illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
  • Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes.
  • It is unlawful to deliver diapers on a Sunday, regardless of emergencies.
  • It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients.
  • In Marlboro, Massachusetts it is illegal to buy, sell or possess a squirt gun.
  • It is illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
  • It is illegal to snore unless you have your bedroom windows closed and locked.
  • You may not have colored lights on your house if they can be seen from Main Street. If you live on Main street and want to paint your house, the colors must be approved by the historical society.
  • In 1659 the state of Massachusetts outlawed Christmas.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended as a cure for freckles.
  • It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.
  • It is illegal to play a fiddle.
  • Defacing a milk carton is punishable by a $10 fine.

Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party | Source

Massachusetts fun facts, trivia and tidbits

  • The birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worchester.
  • 552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • The Boston Cream Pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts.
  • The first Dunkin Donuts ever was opened in Quincy, Massachusetts.
  • The Boston Terrier is the official state dog.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country.

  • Fenway Park is the oldest original Major League baseball stadium still in use.
  • The sweet treat Marshmallow Fluff was invented in Union Square, Somerville in 1917.
  • On June 1, 1660, Mary Dyer was hanged on Boston Common for repeatedly defying a law banning Quakers from the colony. She is believed to be the last religious martyr in North America.
  • There is a house in Rockport built entirely out of newspaper.
  • The African Meeting House opened in Boston in 1806. It is the first church in America to be built by free Africans.
  • The first American lighthouse was built in the Boston Harbor in 1716.
  • The visible part of Plymouth Rock is about the size of a coffee table and has the date 1620 carved on it's surface. It is not located near the head of Plymouth Harbor.
  • The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.
  • The first sewing machine was built in Boston in 1845.
  • Harvard was the first college established in North America.
  • Between June 14, 1962 and January 4, 1964 thirteen single women between the ages of 19 and 85 were murdered by the infamous Boston Strangler.
  • The Pilgrim National Wax Museum in Plymouth is the only wax museum devoted entirely to the Pilgrim's story.
  • Webster Lake’s real name is Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, the longest geographic name (and hardest spelling bee word) in the U.S., and the longest lake name in the world.
  • The Boston Common became the first public park in America in 1634.
  • Clarence Birdseye revolutionized American mealtime when he invented frozen foods in Gloucester in 1925.
  • The American Revolution began in Lowell which is also Americas first planned industrial city.

Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Rock | Source

In 1922 Elis F. Stenman began building his summer home out of newspaper as a hobby. He not only made the house itself, but the objects in it all out of newspaper. There's even a paper piano!

Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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