WTF Fun Fact 12777 – Busta Rhymes Island

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to Busta Rhymes Island? Frankly, we had never considered it – until now.

Unfortunately, that’s not the official name of the tiny piece of land in Shrewsbury, MA (well, Wrentham, to be exact) but that is how it’s known and even how it appears on Google Maps.

What and where is Busta Rhymes Island?

According to Zillow (which does not refer to it as Busta Rhymes Island, sadly), that land is “A once in a lifetime opportunity to buy your own ISLAND!” Sadly, it’s not currently for sale.

“The island is one acre and the seller has gotten an elevation certificate so no flood insurance is required. 823 Eastside Rd is a parcel of land on the shore with a big 2 story storage building and dock. Super convenient to be able to leave your boat on the dock to be able to get back and forth from the island.”

How the island got its name

Ok, we know what you’re really wondering.

(And in case you didn’t already know, Busta Rhymes is a 12-time Grammy-nominated rapper.)

The island got its name when a then-27-year-old Shrewsbury resident named Kevin O’Brien started maintaining the tiny island (that’s basically in the middle of a pond). He had been a fan of the rapper since he was a teen and decided to plant some blueberry bushes, set up a rope swing, etc.

“It’s a very small little island [with] rope-swinging, blueberries, and . . . stuff Busta would enjoy,” he told a newspaper in 2009.

O’Brien “named” the island semi-officially by simply applying a geotag on Google Maps, where it still appears as “Busta Rhymes Island.”

He also applied to have it named officially, but the U.S. Board on Geographic Names requires a celebrity to be dead for at least 5 years before a landmark can be named after them.  WTF fun facts

Source: “Busta Rhymes Island, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts” — Atlas Obscura


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