Cool air made Great Molasses Flood extra deadly, Harvard researchers say

Associated Press reports Harvard scientists who study fluid dynamics turned their eye to the Great Molasses Flood and, after studying how molasses flows at different temperatures, concluded that the relatively warm molasses that flowed out of that North End tank quickly cooled in the relatively chill Boston air (the disaster happened during one of our January thaws), going from liquidy to gooey and trapping people and horses.

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Also: Molasses is a non-Newtonian fluid.
Up to their knees in molasses, looking for victims.

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Non-Newtonian link isn't working, maybe because it isn't Newtonian.

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There's a rumour going around

There's a rumour going around that Harvard, after having one-upped that other school down the street, now has their sights set on finding the cause behind the great Boston fire of 1872 and - keep in mind, this is just rumor now - they think they might be able to prove that flame was involved.

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I don't see why they have to

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I don't see why they have to keep rubbing it in Lesley University's face.

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A bit of oral history ... my

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A bit of oral history ... my grandmother (who was in her late teens during the event) told me that some of the women were unable to get out of the muck because of their long skirts which were made of wool.

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Ah yes, I believe they were

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Ah yes, I believe they were known as the molasses wool lasses from that day forth.

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