Massachusetts February 28, 2018
14 Reasons Why Anyone Who Hates Massachusetts Can Just Shut Up
Massachusetts is undeniably awesome. Don’t believe it? Here are 14 reasons why anyone who thinks Massachusetts is less than amazing should just shut their mouth.
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1. Our capital city is the Cradle of Liberty.
Okay, so we might fight over this moniker with Philadelphia, but there’s no denying the seeds of this nation germinated in Massachusetts.
2. We’ve produced music legends like Aerosmith, The Pixies, The Cars and The Modern Lovers.
3. We invented Fluff.
Whipped marshmallow topping sounds bizarre until you try it. Then you’ll never consider a peanut butter sandwich complete without a generous layer of the stuff.
4. And Fig Newtons.
No, they’re not named after Isaac Newton. They’re named after Newton, Massachusetts. The more you know.
5. And the chocolate chip cookie. Yes.
The chocolate chip cookie was first invented in 1930 at the Toll House (sound familiar?) Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts.
6. Not to mention literary giants like Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Emily Dickinson.
Plus Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, Edward Gorey, Jack Kerouac, Stanley Kunitz, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Anne Sexton.
7. Our sports teams are pretty amazing.
No matter the final score, we’ll defend our teams to the death.
8. Plus, we invented basketball.
Dr. James Naismith, gym teach in Springfield, invented basketball in 1891 when he nailed two peach baskets to the wall in an effort to keep his students occupied during the cold winter months.
9. And volleyball.
Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan of Holyoke. He envisioned it as an alternative to basketball that could be played by older people. It was originally called "mintonette."
10. The world would never have known what to eat with green eggs if it weren’t for one Bay Stater.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as "Dr. Seuss" was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
11. Massachusetts is home to some of the top universities in the world.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are both in Cambridge.
12. Plus, our public schools are among the best in the world. Not just the country – the entire globe.
A 2016 report revealed that if Massachusetts were a nation, its students would would rank amongst the top eight countries in the world. In math and science, our students are second only to those in Singapore.
13. Our state motto is pretty awesome.
Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
14. And our people are too.
Bay Staters are proud, loyal and love to boast about their amazing home state. With good reason.
For more Bay State pride, check out
these undeniable differences between the eastern and western parts of Massachusetts.