The Mayor of Boston Wanted to Fight Snow with Flamethrowers in 1948Sam Biddle2/04/11 3:20pm111EditPromoteGo to permalinkMany of you are probably either snowed in, cold, or at least inconvenienced by the latest onslaught of flakes. Shoveling sucks! Snowblowers are obnoxious! The elegant solution? Flamethrowers, as asked of MIT by the Mayor of Boston, 60 years ago.