Red Sox Cod Fish
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Finished and installed in 1784
the Sacred Cod that continues to hang in the State House to this day is a five foot long fish made of pine. The beloved icon continued to overlook the House of Representatives for over one hundred years until 1933 when the fish suddenly disappeared. The theft took the city by storm, taking up page after page of newspaper articles, spurring the dredging of a local lake, and even causing some officials to wonder if they should conduct business without the watchful dead eye of the fish. Soon it became clear that the theft was related to someone at the Harvard Lampoon, and after some detective work by a member of the Boston PD, the sacred cod was returned in a flower box dropped on the lawn.
When it was rehung, the Sacred Cod was hoisted six extra feet above the ground to put it even more securely out of the reach of potential thieves.