Boston February 28, 2018
9 Things Bostonians Do That Seem Insane To Everyone Else
There are certain things that Bostonians do that sometimes baffle or alarm visitors and newly-arrived transplants. Of course, these habits and traditions are a typical part of daily life here. So, rather than changing our quirks, we suggest you stay in Boston until these 9 things to seem totally normal to you, too:
1. Make a Massachusetts left.
This involves making a left as soon as the light turns green, by hurling our vehicle kamikaze-style across an intersection. If you learned to drive anyplace else, this is as unexpected as it is alarming.
2. Act like we're invincible.
Ask us if we're invincible and you'll get some funny looks. But observe our jaywalking behavior for long enough and outsiders might be forgiven for assuming that's the case. Six lanes of traffic, no crossing, and a blind corner? Challenge accepted.
3. Indulge in student traditions.
Each college has its own quirks. At MIT, students drop a piano off a roof to mark the final day when students are allowed to drop a spring semester class (pictured is one such piano). At Harvard, students streak through Harvard Yard during an event dubbed "Primal Scream." Given the massive student population in Boston, these oddball traditions are found on campuses in and around the city. Who wants to watch the Hoop Rolling Race at Wellesley?
4. Complicate ice cream.
On a per capita basis, Massachusetts is fourth in the nation in ice cream consumption. However, our ice cream menus tend to befuddle visitors. People show up wanting a milkshake only to discover this will not involve actual ice cream — a milkshake here is literally milk that has been shaken. We add syrup to milk and froth it to the point that it has a head. Add ice cream and this sweet treat is called a frappe (not a milkshake).
5. Drink iced coffee —
almost always from Dunks — under any circumstances.
Icicles can practically be forming on our noses as we stride through a blizzard slurping iced coffee, but we'll power through!
6. We also have a strange attachment to this stuff…
…and not just because it got stuck to our fingers. How do you like your Fluff: in a Fluffernutter or straight out of the container with a spoon?
7. Eat bread from a can.
Although less common than in the past, brown bread steamed in a can is a New England classic.
8. Head to the beach or break out "summer" clothing whenever the temperature is even a little warm.
We prefer adjectives like "optimistic" and "tough" to "foolhardy."
9. Have a complicated relationship with the letter "r."
People with a Boston accent sound the letter "r" when it's followed by a vowel, but not when it's followed by a consonant. Only 15% of those in Eastern Massachusetts have a permanent Boston accent, while another 40% have the accent but it fluctuates in intensity.
Be sure to also check out “
9 Extremely Weird Things Only People From Boston Do.”