To recognize the Jimmy Fund’s 75th anniversary, 75 uniquely colored, life-sized cows popped up all over Boston this summer. Boston Uncovered explained that the cows were all designed by local artists to benefit Dana Farber Institute’s work to combat cancer and to recognize the Jimmy Fund’s anniversary.

Before they disappeared from the city on September 4th, an Acushnet man came across one that caught his eye, not only for its tribute to Massachusetts cities but also its potential spelling error of the very town he’s from.

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Kyle DeSousa took the drive to Boston to visit some friends and explore the city for the day. As he and his friends walked toward the State House, they noticed a yellow cow covered in city towns and names.

They had stumbled upon “Miss Moosachusetts” created by Carol Leonesio.

“This design is inspired by vintage postcards,” said The Jimmy Fund. “Scenes representing the 14 counties are included within letters, with Boston scenes on the other side. All 351 cities/towns will be stenciled on the body, with adornments native to Mass. featured throughout.”

It was a cool cow, but did DeSousa and his friends find a spelling error?

Tucked between the towns of Acton and Agawam was a SouthCoast town with an odd spelling.

“As we read them, my friend Chris pointed out ‘Achushnet’ and we couldn’t help but chuckle at the unconventional spelling,” he said.

Kyle DeSousa
Kyle DeSousa

An average passerby may not notice this flub, but an Acushnet native born and raised found it instantly.

Is this an alternate spelling or a simple mistake?

"Achushnet" aside, this flamboyant cow was carefully and beautifully designed for an incredible purpose. All the funds raised during the open auction for Miss Moosachusetts were donated to The Jimmy Fund, allowing the Jimmy Fund to continue its courageous fight against cancer.

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