Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving prep tip #2

You can make your desserts today, giving you a leg up on your preparations for the big day (also, most major supermarket chains are open at least part of the day on Thursday, giving you plenty of time to grab one of their pre-made pies and a can of Reddi-Whip.)  Pace your drinking - you should be building up your tolerance not getting sloppy drunk.

Only 50 of the 102 original Pilgrims survived to participate in the first Thanksgiving in 1621 and only 5 women Pilgrims survived that first year at the Plymouth settlement. They were the first ones to cook and prepare the meager celebration meal. The first Thanksgiving lasted three day; luckily, due to the soporific nature of turkey, some of men attending that first meal made it to the next celebration.

Today is Absurdity Day - one is supposed to celebrate the illogical and senselessness of life,

You really wouldn't believe the number of videos and fanart commenting on StarWars/Disney marriage.  If only we could harness all that creative energy for something good.

Here's another wonderful animated short from StoryCorps - Sunday's at Rocco's:

I'll give you a moment to get that thing out of your eye.  Yes, I understand that you are not crying.

November 20, 1965 -
Michael Louis Diamond, better known as Mike D, member of the Beastie Boys, was born on this date.

Once again, we are all getting old.

November 20, 1981 -
Miles Foreman's epic take on E.L. Doctorow novel, Ragtime, premiered on this date.

When Jack Nicholson, who was to play Rhinelander Waldo, had to drop out of the film less than a month before filming began, the producers were left without a name star in the cast. It was then that director Milos Forman recruited James Cagney, whom he had met at a private dinner in Connecticut the year before. He offered Cagney any part he wanted including (facetiously) the role of Evelyn Nesbitt. 

November 20, 1983 -
An estimated 100 million people watched on this date, the controversial ABC-TV movie The Day After , which depicted the outbreak of nuclear holocaust in the United States .

The Department of Defense would only co-operate with the film's production on condition that it be made clear in the story that the Soviets, and not the United States, launched their missiles first.

Today in History :
November 20, 1917 -
T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was held prisoner, whipped, and repeatedly raped by Turkish Army officers. He apparently thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

50 Shade of Grey, indeed.

November 20, 1947 -
Princess Elizabeth married a ne'er-do-well Greek distant cousin, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey on this date.

She was so happy that day that it seems to escape her attention that she related to everyone at the church, include the groom's mother.  Happy Anniversary Liz and Phil

It's the 37th anniversary of Generallismo Francisco Franco brave and courageous fight to remain dead.

He is still working at it today.

November 20, 1976-
Former-Beatle George Harrison appeared on Saturday Night Live on this date.

George Harrison seemed to have misunderstood Lorne Michaels offer of the $3,000 payment for his appearance; Michaels explained to George that the $3,000 was for all four of the Beatles - making the payment only $750 for him.

November 20, 1984 -
McDonald's made its 50 billionth hamburger at 12:10 P.M. in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, in New York City on this date.

It was eaten by Richard J. McDonald, one of the founders, who cooked burger No. 1 in San Bernardino, California, 36 years previously. That first burger and the 50 billionth are still lodged undigested in the colon of the deceased Mr. McDonald.

November 20, 1985 -
Windows 1.0, a 16-bit graphical operating environment was released on this date. It was Microsoft's first attempt to implement a multi-tasking graphical user interface-based operating environment on the PC platform. Windows 1.0 was the very first version of Windows launched.

If you think I'm going to make fun of Bill Gates, you're mistaken.

Hooray for Big Brother!!!

34 more shopping days until Christmas, 17 more shopping days until Hanukkah, Black Friday is just 4 days away and the world may just be over in 30 days.

And so it goes.

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