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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Round-up of Thanksgiving links

A Thanksgiving miscellany: Mark Twain, science, WKRP, Cicero and the best turkey fryer PSA ever.

10 Thanksgiving Words With Bizarre Origins.

In 1939, the U.S. celebrated Democrat Thanksgiving and Republican Thanksgiving.

A bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a pig: the TurBacon Epic.

What's a Wishbone, and Why Do We Crack It? Related, Tyrannosaurus Rex Had a Wishbone.

This Man Made the First Canned Cranberry Sauce.

For those of us born between the 22nd and 28th and have always wondered, here's how it works:
Thanksgiving Birthday Pattern

Thanksgiving in 1810, 1910, and 2010.

For the kids, a virtual field trip to the first Thanksgiving.

Dave Barry Thanksgiving columns from 1996, 1998, 2004... feel free to add more in the comments.

Buffy Thanksgiving episode: "Ritual sacrifice, with pie."

Christopher Walken and John Madden: The First Thanksgiving.

A Thanksgiving miscellany: Mark Twain, science, links, WKRP, Cicero and the best turkey fryer PSA ever

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.

Cartoon (The Oatmeal): Thanksgiving as a kid VS Thanksgiving as an adult.

Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for - annually, not oftener - if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months, instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man's side, consequently on the Lord's side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and to extend the usual annual compliments.
~ Mark Twain Autobiography

WKRP Turkey Drop episode: "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"

Gratius animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum omnium reliquaram.
~ Marcus Tullius CiceroOratio pro Cnaeo Plancio, 23
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the mother of all other virtues.
The excellent William Shatner fried turkey PSA:

Turkey fryer alert: 86 year old man deep fries own leg. Or as he calls it, his drumstick.

Tutorial: How to draw a turkey.

Pi vs Pie.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Branco cartoon - Obama finds someone he can negotiate with

From cartoonist A.F. Branco at

What Goes on in Our Stomachs After Eating Too Much

The science of eating, and overeating:

Best quote ever?

Embedded image permalink

via @_youhadonejob

Monday links

On November 24, 1793—or what then became known as Frimaire 4, II, the revolutionary French government officially replaced the Gregorian calendar, introducing one of thirty days each, comprised of three ten-day weeks (each day lasted ten hours, or one thousand minutes, or ten thousand seconds). It was abolished by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806.

For those of us born between the 22nd and 28th of November and have always wondered, here's how it works: Thanksgiving Birthday Pattern.

Things you can get away with if you don't have to worry about an HOA.

Unicorns Don't Really Dig Virgin Women, and Other Lessons From Medieval Bestiaries Debunked.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include the Star Lord and Ronan dance-off, what to take when you time travel, the reason for thumbs, and a gallery of things you don't see every day.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Really awkward engagement photos

Wow, this guy has really white... teeth.

Is there something symbolic about these parking meters? I don't get it:

Why does she have a snake in her hand?


Well, doesn't she look happy...


More at Distractify, via Neatorama.

In this 1880's ad, a cautionary tale about choosing the right whisker dye

For fellow fans of vintage advertising:

Part of this excellent Flickr set of old ads from the Boston Public Library, via Weird Vintage

Friday, November 21, 2014

Supercuts of Cheesy Computer Hacking Scenes in '80s and '90s Movies

Boy, these bring back memories, and make me realize that the grandkids (or kids, depending on your age) should see some (certainly not all) of the '80s movies - they're familiar with at lot of '90s films already. Lists of included movies are below the videos:

'80s movies:

'90s movies:

Movie list ('80s):

Real Genius
War Games
Superman 3
Revenge of the Nerds
Weird Science
Blade Runner
Never Say Never Again
Jumping Jack Flash
Electric Dreams
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Prince of Darkness
Spies Like Us
Cloak & Dagger

Movie list ('90s):

Jurassic Park
Under Siege 2
Universal Soldier: The Return
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Johnny Mnemonic
The Lawnmower Man
The Matrix
Independence Day
The Thirteenth Floor
Virtuosity and (of course)...
Hackers (which, in case you've forgotten, starred not only Johnny Lee Miller, who now plays Sherlock Holmes on Elementary, but an extremely young Angelina Jolie.