American history we teach, the tidy Thanksgiving pageant may be the one stuffed with the heaviest serving of myth. This iconic tale is the main course in our nation’s foundation legend, complete with cardboard cutouts of bow-carrying Native American cherubs and pint-size Pilgrims in black hats with buckles. And legend it largely is.
Manataka American Indian Council…by Susan Bates
Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. And that did happen – once.
—The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped. By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language. He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.
—But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest. But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.
According to a Navy chef in 1956, the best way to roast your turkey is upside down.
Not one housewife out of a hundred really knows how to roast that Thanksgiving turkey, so says the Navy! They always roast it upside down, with the breast sticking up. The right way to do it is to turn the bird over and keep the meaty breast and legs out of the drying heat at the top of the oven. That way the meat is more succulent and tender.
Trying to overhear the adults’ conversations as you sat at the kids table. The football games that dominated your father’s attention. The can-shaped cranberry sauce on a platter. These are what Thanksgiving memories are made of.
—We’re taking a look into the days of Thanksgivings past and reflecting on our best remembrances of the holiday. Take a look at the vintage photos below and tell us: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving memory?
If returning to your hometown, having dinner with your extended family and eating yourself into a food coma aren’t your bag, Thanksgiving can be a little uncomfortable. Luckily, these comedians know exactly how you feel.
–We rounded up 25 of the best musings on Turkey Day so you can crack a smile when your drunk uncle wants to talk about politics or your parents decide to break out those photos from your awkward years.
–Check them out below, and when your aunt asks you why you’re looking at your phone under the dinner table, just tell her you’re posting on Facebook about how good her mashed potatoes are.
While the number of individual turkeys raised and slaughtered in the U.S. each year is declining, total production of turkey meat has remained stable—pound-wise.
Artist and photographer Bill Fink is the mastermind behind “Time and Matter Photography”, an art form that involves producing photorealistic images out of literally any material or matter. Instead of conventional paint, the 60-year-old artist uses hair, human ashes, soil, egg shells, and all sorts of things to create images, often using the material itself to create its portrait. Some of Bill’s most notable works include a portrait of his eye made entirely from his own hair, an image of flowers made entirely from the pollen of those flowers, and the image of a man named Bob, made using his ashes.
—“Photography makes an image from light reflecting off materials. Time and Matter Photography can capture the image and the material together as one”, the artist explains. “Some people are willing to pay a lot of money for the glove of Michael Jackson, or the gown of a movie star, but how important would a picture be if a teaspoon of John Lennon’s ashes was turned into his memorial picture, or if some of Paul McCartney’s hair was turned into his picture, or if a picture of Neil Armstrong was made of moon rock, or if a picture of the Hindenburg was made from a scrap of fabric from the Hindenburg”, he adds.
Germans who were tried and convicted as spies during the Battle of the Bulge, are bound to stakes by MPs before their execution, December 23, 1944
What happened to the millions of immigrants granted legal status under Ronald Reagan?
A French soldier fires over the body of a dead comrade, August 1914.
Ganja kept well hidden in Jamaica
Many cities host Thanksgiving Day parades featuring large inflatable balloons. If you check them out the night before, you often can see them being blown up. Back in 2012, Alyssa Coppelman wrote about Frank Hallam Day’s photos that capture these balloons from a different angle. The post is reprinted below.
It’s time to step away from curious encounters in the country and focus on the seedier side of midnight in the city. Herein presented are the gritty photographs of lawbreakers, victims and crime scenes as seen by the early 20th century photographer Arthur Fellig, more popularly known as Weegee.
The beliefs and superstitions that I learned growing up in the Mississippi Delta have almost faded away. The tenants who nurtured them are dead or scattered to the four winds, displaced by machinery and technology.
An early casualty of their migration to the cities was the legend of the Swift Peter.
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin mushrooms, and mescaline-bearing peyote are the more well-known psychoactive drugs, but by no means the only ones. Stepping Into the Fire is a documentary about a much lesser-known option in this arena, ayahuasca.
1910. “Grade separation under construction, probably upstate New York.” Bring the family, and hold onto Junior! Maybe the rail historians out there can pinpoint where we are….@.
We will be looking at different styles of beard’s and mustaches that have occurred over the years. I think men are a little intimidated about sporting beards and mustaches, and many would dream of letting their beards grow wild, but are intimidated by social pressures. So, this week I hope the women will express their preferences on men’s facial hair styles, and I hope men will describe their thoughts on beards and mustaches. This guy has a pretty interesting look going with the combination of hair and mustache…. @.
When we rely on our legs to move us through the world, our minds can drift to the things that really matter
Why do people scribble on bathroom walls? Other than, you know, for fun.