For the third year in a row, Buzzfeed asked the UK for a Thanksgiving gift: British people trying to label the states on U.S. maps. Honestly, Brits know a lot about the U.S., but when they are confronted with a map asking for fifty labels, it’s suddenly difficult and confusing. I’m surprised they did as well as they did. Most of the folks who tried it labeled all the states whether they knew them or not, which is priceless. In the map above, I live in the state of “not here.” See all 21 maps.
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In 2010, the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers worked feverishly at a pumpkin festival in New Bremen, Ohio to assemble and bake a pumpkin pie that Guinness Word Records certified as the largest in the world. This magnificent dessert weighed 3,699 pounds and measured 20 feet across.
This is 1 of 10 extraordinary Guinness World Records for Thanksgiving. These include the heaviest turkey (86 pounds) and the fastest time to carve a turkey (3 minutes, 19 seconds).
Author, cartoonist and illustrator Gemma Correll is a Brit who admits at her Tumblr site that this is the first Thanksgiving she's ever spent here in the United States. Thus, she gets down to brass tacks — or brass turkeys as it were — and practices that rite of passage in traditional American Thanksgiving grade school crafts: tracing the hand to make a turkey shape. Yet, clever as always, Gemma has come up with some alternative versions. See her additional suggestions above.
Happiest of Thanksgivings to you, Neatorama readers!
Every year, farmers in the Philippines grow millions of pineapples, which include pineapple leaves as well as the edible fruit. Carmen Hijosa, an industrial designer, visited the Philippines and found that many people there used the discarded fibers from pineapple leaves to make fabric sacks, among other products. But for the most part, pineapple leaves were a wasted byproduct of the harvest.
Hijosa was on a quest to find a sustainable alternative to leather. She found her answer in pineapple leaves. After 7 years of work, she invented Pinatex--a leather substitute made out of pineapple leaf fibers. Like other fabrics, it can be used for bags, furniture, and even shoes, such as these prototype Pumas.
You can read more at Crane (auto-start video).
This lovely animated short called "Lost Property" by Asa Lucander is a delight to the eyes and heart. The film packs charm and skillfully conveys a sweet story in a few minutes. It's worth the time of anyone who checks it out, but in particular, lovers of animated short films are sure to be smitten. Via i09
You may have some older relatives that get all nostalgic about salt-rising bread. You don’t see it much anymore, because it’s hard to make and not all that popular among anyone who wasn’t raised with it. The smell is described like either cheese or dirty socks. But those who love it really love it. Salt-rising bread doesn’t even have salt in it, and no one is sure how the name came about. It was made by pioneering American women who didn’t have access to yeast, and who didn’t always have sourdough starter ready. They made salt-rising bread rise with environmental bacteria. Yes, they did.
In the early 20th century, this lengthy, yeast-less process also became an interest of microbiologists. In 1914, Richard N. Hart noted in his book Leavening Agents that salt-rising bread “seems to fail in a well-sterilized room," and alludes to the experiments of Henry A. Kohman, who discovered that salt-rising dough lacked yeast completely “but literally swarmed with bacteria.”
In 1910 Kohman was funded by the aforementioned bread-obsessed Kansas Governor, Walter R. Stubbs, to learn how bakers may reliably make it, and concluded that a variety of anaerobic bacteria allowed the bread to rise. In 1923, microbiologist Stuart A. Koser began to suspect the mix might include bacteria found in human intestines and wounds.
The experiments Kohman did after that might make you a little queasy, but the fact is that not a single case of food poisoning has been attributed to salt-rising bread. Read what we know about this classic bread, including instructions for making your own starter, at Atlas Obscura.
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(Photo: Denise Thynne)
Man's best friend may be a dog, but this woman loves her cat especially well right now.
Denise Thynne, 66, of Mirani, Queensland, Australia went out into her yard to water her roses. When she reached down to pick up her hose, a snake lunged out of the bushes and bit her.
It was a red-bellied black snake. It might have tried for a second bite, but it didn't get the chance. Thynne's cat, Skitzo, leaped into action. ABC News reports:
"She came out stalking and it looked like she was mesmerising it and then she just went in for the kill," Ms Thynne said.
"I turned the snake over and saw the red belly and thought 'oh that's not a very friendly one'."
Recall that this incident took place in Australia, the country where nature is most determined to kill you. Thynne is highly experienced at getting bitten by snakes:
Ms Thynne said she was well versed in what to do, as it was the fourth time she had been bitten by a snake.
She is not keen on a fifth experience.
"I'm a bit of a pro at this snake business," she said.
"My mum always said it'll be a snake that kills me, so yeah, I'm not really planning on one [a fifth experience], but who knows.
Life is an experiment in making something of yourself, but in order to become someone big you first have to dream big. Do you think the king of kaiju was born a giant beast capable of stomping Tokyo into dust? He started out small time just like the rest of us, without a bad reputation or an appetite for destruction, but in time he and his rep grew. People didn't know what to make of Lilo's furry alien friend when he arrived on the islands either, but just as people came to know and fear Godzilla so too will they someday run and hide when Stitch comes to town...
Share an extraterrestrial message of hope with this Dream Big t-shirt by Ursulalopez, it's big time cute and sure to spread terror smiles wherever you go!
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Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be quite an ordeal, especially when you've decided to cook the entire thing by yourself, but recipe writers and those pretty little pictures on the box are mighty encouraging.
Maybe they should put a picture of an utterly failed attempt on the box as well, to warn the would-be cook about what they're getting into.
But Thanksgiving dinner is about more than just desserts- it's about side dishes that are as sweet as dessert, that is, when you don't burn them to a crisp.
Making a cake look pretty can be a bit difficult, and sides actually require the cook to check the oven every once in a while, but the turkey is foolproof, right? Therefore barbecuing the bird should be especially easy, and a real time saver.
It'll save time alright, because you'll just end up pitching the bird in the trash and ordering a pizza!
Sweden is celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season in the tradition way -with the Gävle Goat! Every year since 1966 the people of Gävle, Sweden, erect a huge straw goat for Christmas. We’ve covered the ups and downs of the goat over the years, when it sometimes comes to a bad end.
In the English language, we call the country Germany. In French, it's Allemange. In Danish, it's Tyskland. In German, it's the nation of Deutschland.
Why do the European languages have so many different-sounding names for one country? Akira Okrent, a linguist, and Sean O'Neill, an artist, explain in this video how Germany's neighbors created widely divergent names for it.
A few facts about turkey, from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids.
Ben Franklin despised eagles and lobbied hard to name the turkey our national bird. (He lost.)
There are about 4.5 million wild turkeys living free in the United States. They can fly 55 mph and run 25 mph. Domesticated turkeys, however, have been bred to be so overweight and front-heavy that they can’t build up any significant speed, loft, or distance.
For more than 100 years Massachusetts had no wild turkeys. But thanks to a reintroduction program in nearby New York in the 1970s, more than 20,000 now roam the state.
Most American ice-cream trucks play a song called “Turkey in the Straw.” (British trucks play “Greensleeves.”)
Big Bird’s costume includes about 6,000 turkey feathers dyed yellow.
The first in-flight meal: turkey and vegetables, served aboard the luxury 16-passenger Russian Ilia Mouriametz biplanes in 1914. The meals stopped later that year when the large airplanes were converted into heavy bombers for World War I.
If you love Golden Girls, you might be disappointed with the amount of licensed merchandise put out by the network that owns the rights to the show. Not to worry though, there are plenty of fun Golden Girls products available on Etsy. In particular, you can actually buy these Golden Girls panties from Etsy seller Bullets and Bees. And in case you're wondering, yes, the Blanche panties are crotchless.
Via Mental Floss
Instructables member Carley Jacobson, who previously showed us how to make a bath pouf Halloween costume, knows how to set a great Thanksgiving table. This centerpiece showing the traditional horn of plenty is completely edible.
It's made of canned breadstick dough wrapped around an aluminum foil form. Jacobson glazed it with egg, then baked it for half an hour. After removing the form, she filled it with fruits and vegetables and presented it as a table centerpiece.
Steve, Jake, and Chris went on a fishing trip near Phillip Island off the coast of Australia. They didn’t catch many fish, but they had a great time. First they saw dolphins, then a seal, and then a whale- All within 90 seconds! Well, I guess we know why didn’t catch many fish. Either the fish were already eaten or they know when to make themselves scarce.
Of course, while the guys on the boat are gushing about the wildlife, the dolphins, seal, and whale are all excited about the boat they got to see close up. Another explanation that one might consider is that they are all running away from something very large and scary. -via reddit
(Photo: Hey! Cheese Photography)
HAO Design developed this apartment in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The furniture is made of enormous LEGO blocks. There are huge minifigs to play with. The walls have LEGO surfaces so that you can build upon and decorate them however you wish. Just make sure that you wear LEGO-proof slippers while inside.
The best feature--and the one that has my 7-year old daughter so excited--is the ball pit table. It's the perfect spot for family meals or family play. You can see more photos of it and other parts of the apartment at Design Boom.
It's a brutal world out there when you're shopping for Black Friday specials! You'll need someone skilled in the art of combat, like Mad Max to help you make it through the stampeding crowds, as retailers parcel out a limited supply of TVs and the hottest toys. Continue reading to see how he'll handle the madness.
The Germans are rightfully known for their masterful engineering capabilities. This 1986 video by the national army demonstrates this. It's in German, but you can follow what's going on even without a knowledge of the language.
The soldiers are deeply concerned that they will spill their beer while going into battle against Soviet invaders. Therefore, engineers developed gun mount stabilizers that are capable of holding glasses of beer perfectly still, even while traversing rough terrain. Panzer vor!
The President agreed to grant a pardon to whoever won the Hunger Games because he felt sure it couldn't be done, but that bold beauty Katniss was unaware of any such limitations. She proved that all the technology, manpower and deceit in the world can't stop the fiery heart of one who fights for freedom, and showed what people can do when they band together. Maybe they should elect Miss Everdeen for President instead?
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While many people will be out fist fighting over the best discount sweaters, you can meet a new best friend and take him or her home for free. That's because Zappos.com is partnering with a national animal rescue program called Best Friend Animal Sanctuary and the rescue's network partners to offer free animal adoption on Black Friday. Aside from Zappos covering the adoption fee, the company will also be donating an additional $150 to the rescue for every animal adopted to help other furry friends that don't get new homes that day.
Even if you can't get to one of the rescues in your area, you can adopt a dog or cat from the rescue's Utah location, where they will help transfer any pet at the shelter to your location in any of the 50 states.
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I'm laying down a marker here: the toy that every child will want this Christmas and that parents will be desperately hunting for through stores on December 24 is the Teddytaur. It's half teddy bear and half centaur. Rocket News 24 reports that this stuffed animal by the German toymaker Steiff measures 30 inches tall and sells online for about $410. And it's worth every penny!
Don't go after cheap substitutes, like a merfish doll (half mermaid, half fish) or harpoach (half harpy, half roach). When your child opens the gifts under the tree, you'd better make sure that a Teddytaur is there.
You’re off work for Thanksgiving, and you’ve watched the parade, maybe the Westminster Dog Show, and you’re not really into football. What to do for the rest of the weekend? In between family activities and all that eating, there’s plenty of special programming on TV you might enjoy. You might be surprised to find your favorite show running for hours straight -maybe all day and night!
Variety has a list of TV marathons this weekend, from oldies like The Facts of Life (TV Land) to the latest season of The Walking Dead (AMC), plus movie marathons like the first five Rocky movies (Spike).
Entertainment Weekly has a list of family-friendly movies airing Thanksgiving day.
The A.V. Club has a list of series available from various streaming services you can binge watch in their entirety.
And if you’re up for going out, USA Today has a guide to new movies releases and what’s in theaters.
The key phrase that a father must say in this scenario is: "Don't tell your mother about this."
Jarrad Provost of Fredericksburg, Virginia attached a leaf blower to his son Roman's Power Wheels battery-powered toy car. This means that the tyke is ready to take on the chore of clearing off fallen leaves--a task normally given to an older child.
The car may not have enough power to move over rough terrain, so I suggest setting Roman up on an ATV for other areas. Then hire him out to the neighbors. Cut Roman in for a percentage, and Provost has a profitable business in the making.
Crown Jewel Turkey for Dummies | Image and Recipe: The Crepes of Wrath
Has someone communicated a late request for you to bring a dish to Thanksgiving? Or are you planning to accept a last-minute invitation to a pot-luck style dinner? Even if you have the task of hosting and discover you need another side, dessert or drink, all is not lost.
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This article at Bustle has you covered in terms of throwing together something tasty for T-Day on the quick. Some of these dishes look so tempting, you might want to whip one up as a surprise. There's nothing like that delicious, unanticipated bite that adds spice your spread.
Bacon and Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts | Image and Recipe: Damn Delicious
Put down the phone, fellow fathers. Right now, you're supposed to be watching your kids. They're not safe out of your sight for even a second. Just glance away to read or send a text and the worst thing has happened to your precious children in that moment.
Dad Dudes, which is a comedy production group consisting of four real-life dads, created this thoughtful PSA to warn dads to stop texting and start paying attention.
-via Laughing Squid
Medieval torture techniques are some of the most brutal of all time, and whether they were encouraging a prisoner to talk, punishing a sinner, or simply carrying out a death sentence Medieval torturers were encouraged to perfect their deadly craft.
Part of that perfection of their deadly art involved designing and building devices such as the Judas Cradle, Pear Of Anguish and Iron Chair (pictured above), devices that could only be used as torture devices.
The Judas Cradle, one of the simplest of all torture devices, forced the victim to sit atop a pyramid shaped "seat" that resulted in orifice expansion and intense pressure.
The Pear Of Anguish was also an orifice based device, used to torture homosexuals, blasphemers, and "women accused of facilitating a miscarriage"- it was usually inserted and expanded to mutilate and wound internally.
But in the end the Iron Chair was one of the most iconic and widely used torture devices in Medieval history, and one of the most feared.
Even though it was just a chair covered in spikes it was used for long term torture, as restraints were tightened over time and the spikes sank deeper into the skin...
Peru banned circuses from using wild animals, but not all of them complied. Animal Defenders International made it a priority to find confined and abused animals still kept by circuses. One they found was Mufasa, a mountain lion that had been in the circus for at least 20 years. He was kept chained in the back of a pickup truck.
Mufasa’s journey to freedom began in April, when ADI received a tip-off that Circo Koreander was illegally operating with wild animals in an isolated village in northern Peru. ADI, police and wildlife officers moved in for a surprise raid but were met by hostile resistance. An eight hour stand-off saw riot police and a Public Prosecutor called in before Mufasa – Peru’s last wild animal in a circus – was handed over, along with a condor.
The cat was taken to the Spirit of Freedom rescue centre near Lima to recover. He got veterinary care and a pen to stretch out in. When he recovered his health, Mufasa was taken on a three-day journey to the Taricaya Ecological Reserve at the edge of the Tambopata rainforest reserve. Now he has both support and the freedom to run through the forest. -via Viral Viral Videos
The Imperial fleet is approaching our position quickly, but I don't want to leave. The ships look so yummy! Surely a warship that presents itself as a delicious treat can't be all that bad.
Roland Tamayo's art is noted for its surreal blending of nature and everyday objects. His current exhibition, titled "Collection of Curiosities," is at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasedena, California. What do his edible Super Star Destroyers mean? Tamayo explains:
These pieces are a collection of treats enjoyed by my sons, along with nostalgic treats from my childhood, connected by a mutual love and enjoyment of Star Wars. One of my favorite childhood memories was going to Fedco here in Pasadena, who employed my grandfather as an Optometrist. Because of his employment there, we would go often to buy family supplies, toys, etc., at a discount, and there would always be Toblerone candy at the checkout isle. It was my first introduction to that candy, and whenever I see it, it reminds me of my grandfather. Never would I have thought that a Toblerone candy would be a subject of a painting, especially combined with a Star Destroyer. But I'm so grateful for this opportunity, that it has.
November 11th is Single's Day in China, which started out as a day for young people to celebrate their single life by buying themselves a gift but has ballooned into one of the world's largest online shopping days.
That's because some brilliant marketing maven at China's largest online retailer Alibaba advertised the day as a celebration back in 2009, and as interest in Single's Day grew so did the over-the-top theatrics of it all.
This year's festivities included an appearance by Daniel Craig, a Game Of Thrones inspired performance by Adam Lambert and a message from Kevin Spacey encouraging shoppers to buy more candy, all of which was perfectly summed up in this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. (Contains NSFW material)
With Alibaba earning around $14 billion dollars in one day and top Hollywood actors now making an appearance it seems there's no stopping the Single's Day spectacle from growing into a glittery beast that cannot be ignored.
Vermin Supreme has filed the necessary paperwork to run for president in the 2016 New Hampshire primary. We showed you his campaign video the last time he ran in 2012. In fact, this is Supreme’s seventh presidential campaign! His platform: giving everyone in the US a pony.
Other policy positions Vermin espouses include going back in time to kill baby Hitler, mandatory tooth brushing for all citizens, and buying everyone a pony.
Of course, this ain’t his first rodeo; this will be the protest candidate’s seventh run for president of these United States, and he’s been using absurdist humor to agitate against bourgeois democracy and stir up protest votes since the 1980s. But with “serious” candidates for president like Ben Carson and Donald Trump getting more outlandish by the day, the Vermin message seems more relevant than ever.
Death and Taxes has more on the candidate, and some extended footage of Supreme’s recent appearance at a Ben Carson rally.