This week’s photo comes from down Faneuil Hall way. You know, that place where all the tourists go and hang out, and which you religiously avoid? Well, although you might think of Faneuil Hall as a tourist trap that sells “I PAHKED MY CAH IN BAHSTON” t-shirts, know this: it was a pretty important historical site. Samuel Adams and James Otis gave speeches there, spurring independence from Boston. The grasshopper weather vane on top of the hall is a well known symbol. Knowledge of the grasshopper was used as a shibboleth during the Revolution period. The people would ask suspected spies the identity of the object on the top of Faneuil Hall; if they answered correctly, then they were free; if not, they were convicted as British spies.
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