Molasses Tunnel, Boston, United States discussed on Progressive Talk Programming
S O have diarrhea all day. Oh, that's no blind us The molasses of the back of the bank. So yeah, it would be nice is if to hear a story about molasses. Well, that's good news, Chris, because I have just the story for you. Well, that's good, because we're the history boys. I'm Chris. Yeah. Tyler Tyler's here and and Duke Duke. Yeah, I guess I could be Duke Duke Duke Sanchez. I am Jerry Nash. And Zach, of course, is on audio obvious via satellite in this remote bunker. Several stories underneath the crust of the United States that Yeah, safe from molasses certainly say from what he wants. If it did happen to get molasses down there. You're not getting it out, though. You know You're not gonna pump that stuff. You just gotta you're gonna have to abandon the bunker. We'll find a new bunker. It's the sweet, sticky grave. Luckily, we built that separate Molasses tunnel for him to escape out of in the case that molasses pours down into the bunker. We got a new grave sign form and everything. This is in case of molasses Leave here and I didn't even know about the molasses flood of the time. Barely know anything about it now. Well, there you good. I didn't do the research. I know Jerry. Tell us a story about molasses. I'm glad I'm glad you want to hear now. Well, you know, not many people are familiar with the great Boston molasses flood of 1919 the fatally tragic events that happened 100 years ago. Every time I learned, the more I learn about this The more I'm like, like it's like they're like we're trying to tell you. It's tragic. It's not hilarious. It does. It's not something that was like made up for, like an old timey cartoon. But then, in my research, I heard that one of its nicknames is legitimately. The great molasses occur. Degree. You kidding? The great Boston molasses Occur of 1919? Yes, telling them Olympia, that zit Primary source. They did not call it the molasses occur. They called the molasses. Really? I would have if I was I think. 2020. What is it? Uh, 117 people injured 21 dead. That's um Alaska. If you ask me, that's something I did not station citations. Bada Bing. Bada boom. All right. I'm not gonna check those. So I take it was not in dark tide, which is a fantastic book. It was in the Boston molasses disaster causes of the molasses tank explosion. Spoiler alert. By Eric Hendrickson. There you go. Not not our primaries really restoring this episode, I think worth shouting out anyway. Yeah, this a giant tank. That's stored. A lot of molasses basically burst in Boston's North End neighborhood on January 15th 1919. Destroyed completely destroyed the neighborhood. It's I literally think of the time they said. There goes the neighborhood and they meant it. Fran Act on just a little bit and back Then they everyone talked with like the old timey voice. There goes. There goes my molasses boy. You the chance to read it, It's done. Yeah, well, the last this is all over May raspberries, my sweet boys driving the blast again. Who's gonna run the factory when I get too old, huh? Just to give a little bit of perspective and have big the molasses tank. What we're gonna talk about Not there yet. We're not there. We're not there yet. First I wanna talk about it too much Too much. Too much research. Wanna flex? Can't you be more like me? No research. I feel like there's a happy middle. There is there is A couple of things about molasses before we get to the actual tank. Here we go, 00 boy well last. This is a non Newtonian substance, meaning that force has to be applied to it in order for it to move like it's not water like It doesn't just run everywhere. It's like toothpaste er, ketchup like you have to, like, Hit the bottle for the ketchup. Kind. Viscosity. Yeah. Famously high for Scusi. Yes, indeed. So considering this physical property, molasses would be far more deadly than just a giant wave of water and swimming in it is Impossible. Not with that attitude. You matter if it was a non Euclidean liquid, that would be well, that would be even worse. I'm pretty cool. So not only is molasses used for like syrups and sweeteners. It is used for booze and barbecue sauce. Ammunition. All hell Yeah. Well, mate. Well, it's Maine. Thing that people used for was distilling it down into alcohol and the alcohol instead of making room out of it, they would make munitions or fuel and in this case That's what they're doing. There were distilling it down and making using it from munitions well, and a couple other things is it is a diabetic sweetener. You can add it to things if you are diabetic, and it won't in fact one affect your insulin levels. True, it's 100%. True. It's all that was amazing. High in potassium. And I think it's high and something else. Probably deliciousness and sweet. It is not delicious. I mean, disgusting. What about like molasses? Got your opinion? Gross. And also I mean, you had some tomatoes to its burning sauce. That's all I care. I mean, Barn ingredient barbecue sauce away. That's what we're talking about. A little gingerbread. No, thank you. But it was a great Boston barbecue sauce followed me. Delicious. E So good. Everybody be like dipping the ribs in it. Shut the window. My son was crushed under 35 Mile an hour wave of barbecue sauce, but it's so delicious, but it didnt funeral. He tasted delicious way. We're not joking about about the heroism. I'm joking about the fictional victims of the barbecue university, Gil. It was a rough year for Northern books. Yes, it was. It was pretty bad. So during this time, prohibition had not taken effect just yet. At the time the tank was built. We're just entering war one and they kind of rushed building it. Because of the war, and there's like munitions. Yeah, well, there was like a big tanker of molasses coming in, like, Gotta build it. You've got to get it done, You know, to get this tanker in here and so they cut a lot of corners. They used this tank toe for munitions. Yes, yes, This is the main use for The molasses in this tank was to distill down into alcohol for munitions. I do like that. At this point in time, the United States wasn't involved in World War one. No, no. No way had declared war when this is 1915 when the tank was built, okay, and they rushed it to toe build up munitions and whatnot for the for the war effort. Crunch existed even back then fortunes were made on molasses. Like what a sweet way to make a buck gentleman. Just gonna Robin Baron. Oh, there is a molasses spirit. We'll talk about that. He was a man in a column of a like a fedora. And he's like you understand. When you run the molasses game, there's only one way to go. That's the molasses guys run in town, you know? Oh, yeah. So the United States industrial alcohol Company or U. S. A, as it was known, was the alcohol distilling company that owned this tank. The company that had the actual tank there was under the umbrella of the U. S. A. A was the purity distilling company, and that's the one that was in Boston and, Yeah, they looked after the tank and pumping, pumping it full of molasses and then taking a pipeline straight from the tank to the factory That was nearby. So I was like it was a good place to build it because the factory was right there, So you didn't really have to transport it, right? That's what they wanted it right there. Now. Those long molasses pipelines, right? The thing was, though, is where they built. It is there was in a very congested poor neighborhood at the time in Boston. Where a lot of Italian immigrants lived. A lot of Jewish immigrants lived and it was a very working class area. Everybody knew everybody. Neighbors cared about each other over there, so This was this is a tight knit poor community that this was every every spring. They have the spring Festival underneath the molasses of that they like maple dishes of that, like ribbons around it. Glasses. That's the mask out of the city. Yeah. Look at it shining and proud. It's just full of old. It's like I mean, it's like concentrated sweet old timey. Yeah, glasses. Yeah, and people would straight up. Just eat molasses back then they rose molasses like kids. The molasses tank that they did build was 50 FT. High. 90 ft in diameter. And could hold an astonishing 2.3 Million gallons of molasses. A couple gallons that's £24 Million of molasses. Sweet Black Gold. Texas tea, Uh, Texas Tea Is that tea party that's oil. Yeah, you know, potato potato? Uh, it was clear molasses. The superior class is clear. Molasses is what's called First Molasses is keep listening. You can hear the rest of this podcast all of its episodes and discovered thousands of others. All available to you for free right now by downloading the I heart radio app number one for podcasts. Our world is full of the unexplainable. 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