25 Things True Bostonians Know To Be True

25 Things True Bostonians Know To Be True

We love that dirty water.


As a city, we've overcome many hardships. We've had some of the worst weather-snow storms, hurricanes, and flooding. We've come together with love and support after the tragedy that struck us on April 15, 2013. We are a family. We have the most dedicated fans for our professional sports team. We also have some of the strongest accents that you can hear from a mile away and know where we're from. We love our fresh seafood, especially our famous New England Clam Chowder.

So, if you're not from the area, here are 25 things Bostonians know all too well to be true.

1. We know we say “wicked” religiously

It's part of our everyday language. It's used as an adverb, adjective, whatever you want honestly. It's a free for all.

2. Dunkin' is the only coffee establishment in our minds

Starbucks who?

3. Yes, we drink iced coffee in the winter

Crazy right? We put our plastic iced coffee cups inside of styrofoam cups to keep our hands warm and our coffee cold.

4. You’ll probably find us in the hockey rink all winter long

It might be 20 degrees outside but that won't stop us from being in the cold rink.

5. The shamrock is near and dear to our hearts

Southie forever.

6. St. Paddy’s Day is the best holiday here

Ever heard of the song "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys?

7. Despite what you may think and what Siri or your GPS tells you, it’s called a ROTARY

"Roundabouts" don't exist in our vocabulary.

8. TB12 (Tom Brady) is our idol. He’s the GOAT

If you bring up #DeflateGate, you're asking for a heated argument.

9. You can never predict the weather

It could be 80 degrees in February. It could be snowing in late April.

10. We hate the Yankees

If you wear a Yankees hat around Boston, good luck.

11. We hate being mistaken for having New York accents

They're not even close.

12. Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck are our heroes

Boston born and raised.

13. Fenway is our sacred space

We love our green monster and all the memories it holds.

14. New England Clam Chowder is the only chowder and it’s the best

Manhattan "clam chowder" is to clam chowder as Chicago "pizza" is to pizza.

15. The North End is home to the best pasta you’ll ever taste and… Mike’s Pastry!!!

Chocolate chip or plain cannoli???

16. Nor’easters are nothing to us

Grab your shovels and snow blowers.

17. Even if you’re from here, you’ll still get lost

Why would the streets make sense? We like a good challenge.

18. Patriot’s Day is our holiday and it’s when the Boston Marathon takes place

If you can make it up Heartbreak Hill, you've accomplished life.

19. A “regular coffee” is an everyday term

Hot coffee with cream and sugar please.

20. If you refer to it as “Cape Cod” you’re clearly not from here

We like to shorten it to "the Cape."

21. We’re pros at banging U-Eys

22. We are Massholes and we are proud

We take pride in our risky driving.

23. Jimmies are chocolate and sprinkles are rainbow

No further discussion.

24. Towns are never pronounced the way that they’re spelled

We're used to it. Worcester = "Wooster."

25. The “Packie” is the liquor store

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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