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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Celebrate Thanksgiving

Ugh. These two. They do Thanksgiving better than anyone else, and they’re not even American. (Twitter)


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Happy Thanksgivukkah Everyone!

We have prepared three delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) themed videos for you today, so enjoy them. And then go do what you should really be doing: watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Marathon.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Princess Leia Is My New Jam

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Hello Kitty As An Actual Turkey

So…remember the other day when we showed you a Hello Kitty plush that could turn into a cooked turkey? I didn’t think things could get weirder. (via BillyKitty123


Olden Lore

Thanksgiving Day Balloons Remind Us How Bizarre This Particular Tradition Is

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been a part of my life since before I can remember. I’ve always sort of took for granted the unusual nature of this particular American tradition but when you take a step back, you realize how truly odd it is. Since 1924, the department store has enlisted folks to hold on for dear life to giant balloons of pop-culture characters as they pull them down the streets of Manhattan to the awe of (usually) freezing crowds. Having lived in the New York area my entire life, I’m actually kind of ashamed I’ve never gone to see the parade in person but every year, without fail, I watch on TV. Here’s some shots of the parade from yesteryear. Take a moment to consider whether our modern balloons are less, more, or equally bizarre.

(via Facebook)


Do Try This At Home

Insert Math Into Your Thanksgiving Meal Equation [VIDEO]

We all know cooking requires math (unless you’re my mother, in which case it’s “ohh, about this much salt, that much flour”) but have you ever thought of creating a meal revolving around math? Victoria Hart, aka Vi Hart, has done just that with some Thanksgiving themed videos. Watch here as she makes Mathed Potatoes and hit the jump for how to make Borromean Onion Rings and Green Bean Matherole.


Japan :D

Perfect Thanksgiving Gift: A Hello Kitty That Turns Into A Cooked Turkey

Look, I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve got a strange imagination but I’d really like to meet the person who came up with this. It’s a Hello Kitty Reversible 8″ Plush: Turkey style. Yes, the thing on the left turns into the thing on the right. Want to see it in action? There’s a video after the jump.


Our Adorable Past

Sarah Vowell Tells Us About the True Meaning of the Day After Thanksgiving [Video]

Sarah Vowell, history geek humorist extraordinaire (and the voice of Violet Incredible), has a very important lesson on history that we have probably never really acknowledged in our lifetimes. As she described on The Daily Show — as its newly minted Senior Historical Context Correspondent — November 25 is Evacuation Day, the day that British troops finally left New York after the end of the Revolutionary War after imprisoning American POWs in prison ships where many, many, many of them died and/or ate maggots to survive. But the good news is that, as we all know, the British finally left in 1783, years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and those surviving prisoners were freed! Some of us will be taking advantage of sales this Black Friday. But some of us will be celebrating history by not eating maggots.

(via Time)

Heffalumps and Woozles

In Case You Missed It: Tim Burton’s Balloon at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Yesterday, during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Tim Burton made his debut as “parade balloon designer” and introduced his original character B. Boy to the all-star lineup. B. Boy was part of an artists series called the Blue Sky Gallery, a regular part of the parade that gives artists and creators the opportunity to make a balloon that sits just outside of the mainstream “cast” of balloons. (Past artists have included Keith Haring and Takashi Murakami.) According to the Macy’s team, Burton was always very high on the list for this. B. Boy was first featured at the Museum of Modern Art last spring, and that’s when the parade team starting courting Burton. More pics, behind the scenes video, and B. Boy’s origin story after the jump!


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: What Bruce Wayne Is Thankful For

Curt Franklin and Chris Haley of Let’s Be Friends Againput together a very special series of Thanksgiving comics featuring several superheroes. Characters like Aquaman, Harley Quinn, Wolverine and Beast Boy tell us what they’re thankful for this year. Some of them may shock you but mostly they’ll just make you chuckle. What else did we see on this gobble gobble day…