Massachusetts: Three lies and a shiny shoe

On the Cambridge campus of Harvard University there's a statue with a plaque that's beloved for its inaccuracy. It says "John Harvard, founder, 1638," but the man portrayed was a model; John Harvard was not the founder (though the school was named for him); and the founding happened in 1636. Otherwise, it's a fine statue. For good luck, some students and tourists touch the toe of the left shoe. (Then again, under cover of night, some students do rude things on and near the statue. Fondle with caution.) Photo taken 2009.

<br /><br />Read more: <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2009/oct/04/travel/tr-cambridge4">A Cambridge crash course</a>
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( Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times )

On the Cambridge campus of Harvard University there's a statue with a plaque that's beloved for its inaccuracy. It says "John Harvard, founder, 1638," but the man portrayed was a model; John Harvard was not the founder (though the school was named for him); and the founding happened in 1636. Otherwise, it's a fine statue. For good luck, some students and tourists touch the toe of the left shoe. (Then again, under cover of night, some students do rude things on and near the statue. Fondle with caution.) Photo taken 2009.

Read more: A Cambridge crash course

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