Alright students. This is your final word in the spelling bee. Spell “Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.” It’s true. Massachusetts has a Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. The pronunciation must sound like a garbage disposal choking on a chicken bone.

Here are a bunch of fun facts about Massachusetts that you probably never knew including the secret location of Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg so you can go and get a ridiculous Insta pic in front of it’s sign.

  • The Fig Newton was invented in Massachusetts and almost had a different *local* name.

    Fig Newtons were first baked up in Cambridge, MA in 1891. They’re named after Newton, MA buuuuutttt they almost had a different local name: “Fig Shrewsbury.”

  • Massachusetts got the first zip code in the country.

    Germany had the first zip code in the world but 01001 was the first zip code in the United States – for Agawam, Massachusetts.

    Agawam, MA

    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

  • We have an official State Muffin.

    Very serious stuff here. Our state muffin is the Corn Muffin. It was named in 1986. Now I want chili.

  • It's illegal to use tomatoes in clam chowder in Massachusetts.

    Not sure the last time it was enforced but if you’re putting tomatoes in your clam chowder – I DON”T WANT TO KNOW!! (Also – ew.)

  • We have a state polka song.

    Make sure you only listen to the following while eating a CORN muffin:

  • There’s a town in Massachusetts that has a museum dedicated to terrible art.

    It’s called the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), and it’s located in Somerville.

  • There’s a house built out of newspapers in Rockport, Massachusetts.

    ROAD TRIP!! The house went under construction in 1922 using nothing but newspapers, glue, and varnish. When completed the house was made of over 100,000 newspapers. At least you have something to read on the toilet.

    Shredded newspaper

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  • Boston was struck by a bizarrely deadly disaster in 1919 - “The Great Molasses Flood.”

    On January 15, 1919 a tank containing 2.5 million gallons of molasses exploded, flooding the entire north end of the city. If you lick the streets there you can still taste a hint of molasses. (Just kidding – DON’T do that.)

  • If you live in Boston, then you’re never more than 1.5 miles away from Dunkin’ Donuts.

    Awesome fact. Very typical us.


  • Massachusetts is home to a lake with the longest place name in the US.

    Lake Webster has a second name: Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. It’s located in Webster, MA – near the Connecticut border.

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