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Sacred Cod, Massachusetts State House


Inside the House Chamber, you'll find this cod sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Fishing has always been an important industry in Massachusetts.
Sacred Cod, Massachusetts State House
Photo © Steve Parode
In 1933, the staff of the Harvard Lampoon stole the pine sculpture. Pandemonium ensued. The police immediately began searching for the codfish, and legislators were so upset that they could not accomplish anything. After about 50 hours, a tipster told police where they could find the wooden fish.

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