What is the connection between John Steinbeck and Madison Square Garden, located in New York City? Steinbeck helped build it. In the 1930s, Steinbeck worked as a hod carrier (also known as a hoodie), transporting concrete along the scaffolding that wrapped around Madison Square Garden (also known as “MSG” or simply “The Garden”) as it was being constructed. After a long day, he might be thinking “the hods of wrath.” Incidentally, a hod is a v-shaped open trough made of wood with a short wooden pole. When the trough is filled, the hoodie tips it over his shoulder and carries it, holding the pole with his hand (sort of like tossing a bag of potatoes over your shoulder). Hoodies use hods to transport bricks, mortar, and concrete on construction sites.
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For further reading: The Ultimate Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham (2007)