Tuesday, November 26

The Debunker: What's the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year?

by Ken Jennings

If the Plymouth Pilgrims could see the orgy of overeating and megastore-shopping that their descendants have made of their holiday, I think we can all agree: they would feel nothing but pride. But how much do we really know about our November carb carnival? Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy! fame, talks turkey about the Thanksgiving misinformation we’ve been swallowing all these years.

The Debunker: Is “Black Friday” the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year?

When I was a kid, I remember my parents telling me that the day after Thanksgiving was the biggest day of the year for shopping malls. Like most six-year-olds, I didn’t follow sales closely, so this seemed counterintuitive. “Is it because of people lining up to return their Thanksgiving presents?” I asked, in all seriousness. “Yes,” said my father. “Yes, it is.” I believed this to be true for the next five to ten years.

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Wednesday, November 20

There Can Be Only Pun: Thanksgiving Science

by Sean Adams

You guys, I have an addiction. I'm addicted to puns. I need them. I can't get enough of them. I HUNGER FOR THEM. That's why I've set up this weekly blog feature: so you guys can feed my addiction. Every week, I'll name the topic, give you some examples, and then you'll pun away in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter. I'll choose the best ones and post them here next week. Sound good? Good! Let's do it!

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: Thanksgiving Science!

Thanksgiving is coming up, so we're looking for some fun Thanksgiving puns today. Check out some examples:

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Tuesday, November 19

The Debunker: How American is Apple Pie?

by Ken Jennings

If the Plymouth Pilgrims could see the orgy of overeating and megastore-shopping that their descendants have made of their holiday, I think we can all agree: they would feel nothing but pride. But how much do we really know about our November carb carnival? Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy! fame, talks turkey about the Thanksgiving misinformation we’ve been swallowing all these years.

The Debunker: How American Is Apple Pie?

More pie is eaten in America on Thanksgiving than on any other holiday. Pumpkin pie, which was eaten at the second Plymouth Thanksgiving feast in 1623, is the number one choice nationwide, with 44% of respondents in a 2012 poll choosing it as their holiday favorite. Apple pie, at 22 %, was a distant second, but it’s the dessert most inseparably connected with other American ideals, like Mom and baseball. Just how American is apple pie?

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Thursday, November 14

The Debunker: What Did Pilgrims' Hats Really Look Like?

by Ken Jennings

If the Plymouth Pilgrims could see the orgy of overeating and megastore-shopping that their descendants have made of their holiday, I think we can all agree: they would feel nothing but pride. But how much do we really know about our November carb carnival? Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy! fame, talks turkey about the Thanksgiving misinformation we’ve been swallowing all these years.

The Debunker: Did Pilgrims Wear Those Big Hats with the Buckles?

Most of us probably only have the sketchiest ideas as to what spiritual convictions led the Mayflower pilgrims to the New World. (Um, religious freedom? Or something?) But we’re sure of one thing: they all dressed really boringly. Black and white from head to toe, with big buckles on their hats, right? And belts. And shoes. Pilgrims were all about the buckles. Maybe they left England so they could worship their buckle-god, Bucklorr.

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Tuesday, November 05

The Debunker: Where Did the Mayflower Land?

by Ken Jennings

When the Plymouth pilgrims sat down to their historic harvest feast in the fall of 1621, they had managed to survive a very tough first year in the New World, with the help of their Wampanoag neighbors. If they could see the orgy of overeating and megastore-shopping that their descendants have made of their holiday, I think we can all agree: they would feel nothing but pride. But how much do we really know about our November carb carnival? Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy! fame, is here to talk turkey about all the Thanksgiving misinformation we’ve been swallowing all these years.

The Debunker: Did the Mayflower Land at Plymouth Rock?

As American symbols go, Plymouth Rock is such a potent one—right up there with the Liberty Bell and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo—that tourists are inevitably disappointed when they visit it today at Massachusetts’s Pilgrim Memorial State Park. It’s just a lump of granite—and a surprisingly small one, since about two-thirds of the rock has been chipped off over the years. In the late 19th century, the date “1620” was carved in its surface, to vouch for its bona fide Plymouth Rock-ness. But did the pilgrims really land at Plymouth Rock? We’ll never be sure, but the historical evidence is so flaky that it seems very, very unlikely.

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Tuesday, November 20

There Can Be Only Pun: Thanksgiving Motivation

by Sean Adams

It seems like I face some new, frustrating dilemma almost every day. For a while, I tried to solve each one on my own, but I just can't do it anymore. I'm in over my head, and I need your help, Wooters! So, each week, I'm going to reach out to you guys, and you're going to provide me with the puns I need to get by. That's right: logic is secondary; puns are the primary goal here. I'll choose the best pun and announce it in next week's post.

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: Thanksgiving: A Motivational Speech!

I'm trying out a new career: motivational speaking. I've built a pretty impressive program using the traditional Thanksgiving meal as a metaphor for achieving your goals. Now, I just need a name for it. Here are some ideas I had:

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Thursday, November 15

Sean University: My 4 Thankful-Fors (and by 4, I mean 7) #2

by Sean Adams

Classes here at the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership take place on Thursdays. Well, it just so happens that Thanksgiving also takes place on a Thursday. Last year, I cancelled class for Thanksgiving. This year, I was hoping we could cancel Thanksgiving for class. But, every email I send to thanks@giving.hol seems to bounce back, so I guess I’ll concede. YET AGAIN!

So, like last year, I’d like to use this absolutely pointless class before vacation to open up and share some personal stuff. (Figuratively speaking. My organs are my own. No one gets any of those.) Here is what I’m thankful for this year:

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