The Great Molasses Flood of January 1919 might sound like a joke, but it was an accident that became a tragedy when a 50-foot-tall storage tank at the Purity Distilling Co. broke open and sent 2.3 million gallons of molasses streaming through the streets of Boston’s North End. It destroyed buildings and trapped people in sticky goo, killing 21 and injuring more than 100. Molasses might be the proverbial example of slowness, but on that day, it flowed at a rate of 35 miles per hour.
The Molasses Act of 1733 placed a tax on molasses, sugar and what other item?
B) Maple syrup
C) Olive oil
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