10 Fun Facts About Boston You Probably Don’t Know

10 Fun Facts About Boston You Probably Don’t Know

#1 - The Red Sox have a patent on the color Fenway Green

It's used as the color of the stadium and the Green Monster.

#2 - For two decades it was against the law for Bostonians to celebrate Christmas

The Pilgrims believed it to be a corrupted holiday.

#3 - Much of modern-day Boston used to be underwater

It wasn’t until the early 1800s that the city started filling in land along the coast.

#4 - The Boston Marathon is the oldest known marathon in the world

It happens on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday in April.

#5 - Boston has one of the highest percentages of college students in the United States

With more than 150,000 students.

#6 - Fig Newton cookies are named after a Boston suburb

The Boston-based Kennedy Biscuit Company frequently named their cookies after local municipalities.

#7 - Bostonians play candlepin bowling, not the more common tenpin bowling

The pins in candlepin bowling are more narrow and the balls are smaller than in tenpin.

#8 - One of the greatest art heists of all time happened in Boston

In 1990, thieves walked away with $100 million in paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum.

#9 - Boston is named after a town in England

When the Massachusetts Bay Company settled the city, its most prominent members were originally from Boston, in Lincolnshire, England.

#10 - Boston is nicknamed “Beantown” because of the city’s historical association with baked beans

Baked beans were popular among Boston’s early residents.

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