Thanksgiving Facts, Traditions & Trivia

Thanksgiving Facts, Traditions & Trivia

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, declared the last Thursday of November to be a National Day of Thanksgiving. The fourth Thursday in November was officially sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday in 1941, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

TDayThe ‘Thanksgiving” event that the Pilgrims had included about fifty Pilgrims and ninety Wampanoag Indians. The Indians may not have been invited per se, but came to see what the celebration was all about, and were welcomed in.

The Pilgrims took their religion very seriously – if the Thanksgiving was actually a religious event, they probably would not have let the Indians (non-Christians) join in. A religious event would have mostly involved praying all day – not celebrating.

The first Thanksgiving probably actually took place in early or mid-October of 1620 -but it was not an annual event for the Pilgrims. Some Texans claim the first Thanksgiving in America actually took place in little San Elizario, a community near El Paso, in 1598, and at the Berkeley Plantation near Virginia’s James River, claims the first Thanksgiving in America was held there on December 4th, 1619.

Unlike today’s feast consisting of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry, etc – the original Thanksgiving menu probably consisted of the following items: duck, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. The pilgrims weren’t really prepared for baking, and didn’t have access to butter, etc, so they did not have pies at the first Thanksgiving.

‘Turducken’ – deboned turkey, duck and chicken nested inside each other then cooked is popular with many families.

Being held on a Thursday, often with no work on Fridays for white collar employees, the extended four day weekend is often a time for families to gather together – the Saturday after Thanksgiving is often a time for high school, college, or locals reunions.

Many people blame the turkey for the sleepiness after the big meal, but chances are it is the trimmings, carbohydrate-rich sides and desserts that allow tryptophan into the body that cause the need for a nap.

The Wednesday night before is actually one of the biggest nights of the year for bars and nightclubs, matching and sometimes surpassing St. Patrick’s Day for consuming alcoholic beverages. Sadly, that also adds to the statistics that say that US deaths spike over Thanksgiving.

Today’s traditions often include: pre-meal snacks, the children’s table, NFL football, scheduled with traditional rivals, radio stations begin playing Christmas music, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (televised nationwide), The Dunkin Donuts Parade (in Philadelphia, a continuation of the first Turkey day Parade, started in Philly in 1920) – the Parade is also the official introduction of Santa Clause for the Holiday Season.

Another tradition is ‘making a wish’ – breaking the wishbone of the bird, often between a senior and junior member of the family.

Often families take advantage of the time together to play games – indoor and outdoor, and make plans for Christmas. Outside of the distractions of television, it is a popular time to ‘get to know’ other family members better. It is often a good time to learn about the family tree.

Thanksgiving is also the prelude to Black Friday, named because it is one of the biggest shopping days of the year – and the day (hopefully) retail businesses make a significant profit.

Things best not discussed on this day: politics, religion and family gossip.

Recent presidents have pardoned turkeys in the days before Thanksgiving. 2014’s lucky duo (officially pardoned and the alternate) were Cheese and Mac. Both came from Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio. Prior pardoned birds were:
1999 – Harry
2000 – Jerry
2001 – Liberty
2002 – Katie (the first pardoned female turkey) and Zack
2003 – Stars and Stripes
2004 – Biscuit and Gravy
2005 – Marshmallow and Yam
2006 – Flyer and Fryer
2007 – May and Flower
2008 – Pumpkin and Pecan
2009 – Courage and Carolina
2010 – Apple and Cider
2011 – Liberty and Peace
2012 – Cobbler and Gobbler
2013 – Popcorn and Caramel
2014 – Cheese and Mac

Abraham Lincoln actually spared a turkey named “Jack” from becoming the main dish in the Presidential holiday meal.

The obligatory Thanksgiving Joke:
A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, ‘Do these turkeys get any bigger?’

The stock boy replied, ‘No ma’am, they’re dead.’

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Premieres in Select Theaters on Friday

Star-Wars1(PCM) The hype for the J.J. Abrams helmed Star Wars reboot, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has been steadily mounting since the official cast was announced back in April of 2014.

The seventh installment in the Star Wars series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t open in theaters for another year, but that hasn’t slowed the excitement from fans.

In an annoucnement that delighted Stars Wars and movie fans alike, director J.J. Abrams tweeted from the official Bad Robot Twitter account that 100 theaters around the nation would screen the 88-second teaser trailer on Friday, November 28.

The trailer will also appear on iTunes Movie Trailers on Friday, though a premiere time has yet to be specified.

Check out the full list of participating theaters, published on StarWars.com, below to see if you’ll be lucky enough to catch the trailer on the big screen.

Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to open in theaters December 18, 2015 and is directed by J.J. Abrams and is produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk. Lawrence Kasdan, the script-writer behind Empire Strikes Back, returns to the series to script The Force Awakens. Academy Award-winning composer Jon Williams is also returning to the series.

Taking place 30 years after Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, and Miltos Yerolemou.

 

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Turkey Recall Circulating Social Media Turns Out To Be A Hoax

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(PCM) We all know just how fast false information can spread, especially in the day and age of social media. Many people who are gearing up to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday received quite a scare when a “new report” began circulating online claiming that millions of frozen turkeys were being recalled.

The report claimed that the turkeys were being recalled because they contained a dangerous illness that could be transferred to humans and was not destroyed by cooking the bird. The fake report even quoted the CDC (Centers For Disease Control) claiming “The CDC has confirmed that millions of turkeys have been recalled due to safety concerns over an avian virus that the birds may be harboring.”

Here’s the issue: No one at the CDC has made such a statement and the supposed “new report” is from a very well-known fictitious site called The National Report. The same site was also responsible for sending Facebook users into a panic over the idea of being charged a monthly fee and claimed that the IRS would be holding refunds until the spring.

Rest assured your turkey will be fine and free of any life-threatening illnesses, so enjoy and have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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Alfonso Ribeiro Crowned The New Champ On ABC’s Dancing With The Stars

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(PCM) “Fresh Prince Of Bel Air” and “Sliver Spoons” actor Alfonso Ribeiro has taken home the coveted mirror ball trophy by being crowned the new champ on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”.

Ribeiro revealed that he had been trying to get a chance to be a contestant on the hit ballroom dancing reality competition series for nearly 10 years which of course makes his victory even sweeter. He and his professional dance partner Witney Carson were absolutely ecstatic about the win.

Ribeiro was a strong favorite to win this season and he more than likely sealed his fate when he and Carson incorporated “the Carlton”, a dance that Ribeiro coined during his time on “Fresh Prince” into one of their mid-season routines. The timing was perfect and the audience, as well as, the judges thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

Despite battling a number of injuries throughout the season, Ribeiro pushed on and beat out both Janel Parrish of “Pretty Little Liars” and Sadie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” for the win. During their final dances of the season all three couples earned perfect 10’s from the judges which is an incredibly rare feat, so this season’s race to victory was closer than ever before.

 

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An In-Dept Chat With SuicideGirls Founder Missy Suicide And A Look At The 2014 Blackheart Burlesque

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(PCM) SuicideGirls is an online community dedicated to alternative beauty and indie culture. The community was founded in late 2001 by Missy Suicide and has continued to grow and expand in the years that followed.

The SuicideGirls community is without a doubt leaving it’s mark on current pop culture, especially with the 2014 Blackheart Burlesque Tour. SuicideGirls have been taking the Blackheart Burlesque show on the road since 2003 and what they have showcased with the 2014 show is just incredible.

We had a chance to catch the Blackheart Burlesque show when it made a stop in Philadelphia, PA and were utterly hypnotized by the performance that ensued. The show features performances and music, along with tongue-in-cheek humor and of course raw erotic sexuality that pours forth from the stage.

Geek and fantasy culture were put on full display as the SuicideGirls performed numbers that showcased a number of various fandoms such as Star Wars, Game Of Thrones, Planet Of The Apes, Donnie Darko, Adventure Time and even Disney’s The Little Mermaid to name a few.

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The tour will continue to make its’ way around the country before wrapping up in Hollywood, CA on December 5th. If you are fan of geek/fantasy culture and also happen to like smoking hot women then this is certainly a show that it not to be missed.

I recently caught up with SuicideGirls founder Missy Suicide to chat about the 2014 Blackheart Burlesque tour, the community, Comic-Con and more.

When asked about the current tour and its’ various pop culture elements Missy tells me “It’s a unique show and it is a lot of fun. I come up with most of the themes and the music to it, however the Little Mermaid bit came directly from Sunny. She was the mastermind behind that one”.

Missy also adds that Sunny is a triple threat because “she can host the show, dance and sing”. 

Missy reveals that they wanted to put a pop culture spin on burlesque and have pop culture themes that people could really be excited about. She says “We come up with a list of all the different themes that we are interested in and then I come up with a list of all the music I am really into and I try to match them up. It may not seem like it but “Planet Of The Apes” goes really well with “When A Fire Starts To Burn”, she jokes. “Just put a little “Planet Of The Apes opera in there, it will work trust me”!

It definitely did work! After seeing the show we felt that the music and the dancing and the costumes all went perfectly hand in hand. Missy comments “We really tried. I think that we have really worked out all; the kinks and really reached our groove. I feel like we are firing from all cylinders and the show is really amazing”. 

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I could only imagine what kind of challenges someone like Missy must face when putting together the tour, as there is ton of hard work that obviously goes on behind-the-scenes. Missy tells me “There are so many moving parts in organizing a show. It’s mobile and it travels, the bus broke down .. etc. There are so many little things that could go wrong like the merch didn’t make it or the credit card machine broke, so there is like ten thousand things everyday. I don’t know if I can list a single biggest challenge.”

I wanted to know the ways in which the live show has expanded upon the SuicideGirls brand or any effect they shows have had on the community. Missy reveals “We have been a community site since 2001, since before community sites really existed and before people felt comfortable living their lives online. Now we have Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram and people are sharing every minute, every detail and every meal. We fostered this really strong community where people could go and feel really accepted and a part of a really respectful community. 

She goes on to say “People pay for membership so they appreciate the value to their membership. They tend to act a bit more respectfully towards one another and towards the girls. People really wanted to take that community experience that they have and bring it to real life and connect in a way. So, having this live show where fans and members can come out and support the girls and have this really fun environment that’s created for them which is sexy and fun and geeky. It sets the stage for the real life moment of experience where they are around people that also share their interest is a really awesome thing.” 

I was curious about the audition process for choosing which girls will participate in the live shows. Missy tells me “We hold auditions before every tour and there are about 20-25 girls who are fully rehearsed and ready to go in our troupe. We get about 150 to 200 girls for every audition and we take 3 to 4 every time we hold our auditions into the cast. They are just amazing”.

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Missy goes on to tell me the story about how Sunny (host/performer) came to be in the Blackheart Burlesque revealing that she started out as a paying ticket audience member and during the audience participation part of the show she got called up on the stage. She absolutely loved it and she killed it.

She came to the show knowing a little bit about SuicideGirls and what to expect and said that she’s always wanted to be a SuicideGirl but she didn’t feel that she was tattooed enough or didn’t feel like her body was good enough, so there were all these insecurities that we as women have, but after she went to the show and got called up on stage and felt the energy and the excitement when we had the auditions for the Australia tour she flew out from New York City to L.A. and came in and auditioned.

She ended up nailing the audition and came and rehearsed, had shots made of for the site and became a SuicideGirl and went out on the Australian tour as a dancer and was amazing. She came back and hosted the comedian tour and this time she hosted, danced and sang in the New York City show exactly a year later.

She concludes the story with “If girls come out and see the show and fall in love, they can audition too! The girls have a ton of confidence out on the stage and it is really inspiring for women”

Give the success of the previous tours, as well as, the current 2014 Blackheart Burlesque I was sure there had to plans or ideas brewing for additional tours in the future. Missy comments “Lots of thought and plans. I work really closely with our choreographer and since we’ve started this, we will send each other texts and two in the morning with all kinds of crazy ideas, so we are always plotting new numbers.”

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I thought that having the Blackheart Burlesque show at this year’s San Diego Comic Con was a fantastic idea and while SuicideGirls are always present at SDCC, they don’t always bring out the actual burlesque show, however Miss says that they would very much like to and they truly enjoy taking part in the convention.

She says “The Comic Con people are our people and they get us, so they are going to be a bit more forgiving and give us honest feedback about what’s working and what’s not working.”

Missy feels that she has the best job ever because she gets to think about crazy pop culture references and put them with the songs that she loves while envisioning these performances and I couldn’t agree more!

I was curious to know about any misconceptions that people may have about the SuicideGirls. Missy says ” I think that people have a misconception sometimes about the types of girls that sign up to be a SuicideGirl, as they try to put them into a singular category of personality and what drives them to do it. There are 2,700 girls on the site and they are all unique and very different. We’ve got girls who are doctors and lawyers and midwives and all kind of different professions. Then we have girls who are students and baristas so the range is really wide and we’ve been around for thirteen years. Some of the girls have been modeling for all thirteen years. I feel like every girl who is on the site, and it is tricky to speak for 2,700 women, but if you were to ask any SuicideGirl what her favorite part of being a Suicide Girl is she will say it’s the friendships she has made. People would imagine this kind of catty or bitchy model attitude from the girls, but they are all really supportive and really kind and sweet to one another. It is truly a beautiful thing to watch.”

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Prince Ditched His Social Media Accounts

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(PCM) No stranger to walking the unbeaten path, Prince decided to delete his Facebook and twitter and removed all of his music from Youtube today (Nov. 25), causing some panic among his fans.

Not much will change for fans of the singer-songwriter/actor/multi-instrumentalist though; Prince rarly posted on his Facebook or Twitter. In September, the artist held a three-hour Q&A on his Facebook page, only to answer one question regarding the ideal frequency of recorded music.

Though he had a promising start on the site, Prince was also very inactive on Twitter, with most of the tweets on his shared account with his backing band, 3rdEyeGirl, coming from 3rdEyeGirl.

The only official video of Prince’s that is still online is his video for “Breakfast Can Wait” on Vevo. The artist’s music is still accessible through Spotify, though there’s no telling how long this will last.

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