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2013-11-28 07:51:57 AM
It's really not that hard. After the Pilgrims whipped the British Navy's ass, they gathered to give thanks at the first Walmart where the Indians sold them goods at fabulous prices.
 
2013-11-28 08:33:35 AM
I look forward to the Chicago Tribune article explaining Boxing Day.
 
2013-11-28 09:05:10 AM
FTFA:
"Turkeys have little to be thankful for on this day - eating turkey is actually more associated with Thanksgiving than it is Christmas in the States...The same goes for cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, and pecan pie."

I have never heard of eating brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving--around here, it is more likely to be collard/turnip/mustard greens.

*Does quick internet search, finds lots of recipes for Thanksgiving sprouts*

Well!  You learn something new every day.
 
2013-11-28 09:10:54 AM
When is it celebrated?

On the fourth Thursday in Novemeber


They're not even bothered to have the same name for months as we do!
 
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2013-11-28 09:19:17 AM

DanZero: When is it celebrated?

On the fourth Thursday in Novemeber

They're not even bothered to have the same name for months as we do!


That's just one of thouse superfluous vowels that make up the backboune of thee British econoumy.
 
2013-11-28 09:33:57 AM
Thanksgiving (or `Yanks-pigging', as it were) is a marketing ploy to get 'merikuns weighed down with food before stampeding through the malls/big-box stores.

Kinda like a Spanish `running of the consumerist bulls'.
 
2013-11-28 09:42:50 AM
Was there anything about Black Friday in that article?
 
2013-11-28 09:56:46 AM

b0rscht: I look forward to the Chicago Tribune article explaining Boxing Day.


No need.  There's an entire MASH episode devoted to it.
 
2013-11-28 09:57:05 AM
That cartoon was turrible.  You can't just mention Squanto without mentioning his absolutely AMAZING life.  He wasn't just some injun who walked up out of nowhere, somehow knew English and said "hey, yinz jagoffs need a hand n'at?"
 
2013-11-28 10:10:20 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Was there anything about Black Friday in that article?


I wondered the same thing. A second reading of TFA reveals no mention of Black Friday (unless it's mentioned in one of the youtube vids which I didn't watch).
 
2013-11-28 10:31:56 AM
www.imagesmagazine.co.nz

"Have a seat, Yank, and put on your helmet.  I'm going to explain the Teletubbies to you."
 
2013-11-28 10:37:50 AM
It was on this date in 1492 when Jesus accidentally resurrected himself as a turkey. It's tradition to give thanks that he got back to work and tried again a few months later and got it right. The turkey represents his body, and since the pilgrims didn't drink alcohol, they got the next best thing to represent his blood: cranberry sauce.

"Black Friday" was Judas' nickname, so we celebrate by losing our sh*t and trampling other people for a sweet deal on this one TV they've got.
 
2013-11-28 11:51:24 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Was there anything about Black Friday in that article?


Nope
 
2013-11-28 11:52:10 AM
What's cool is Hanukkah is happening on Thanksgiving.

The Jews celebrate supplies lasting eight days instead of one, while Americans celebrate food lasting one day instead of eight.
 
2013-11-28 11:55:13 AM
It's now "Brown Thursday", the holiday formerly known as Thanksgiving.

/Thanks, Capitalism!
 
2013-11-28 11:55:17 AM
Wasn't he a character in Robinson Crusoe?
 
2013-11-28 11:56:09 AM
A long history of Presidential proclamations calling for a day of prayer, fasting(ironic) and thanksgiving is what led to a National Holiday.
 
2013-11-28 11:56:11 AM
It's pretty simple: it's a holiday where Americans have been conditioned to consume to excess, thinly justified by giving thanks for thoroughly farking over the native population.
 
2013-11-28 11:57:26 AM

b0rscht: I look forward to the Chicago Tribune article explaining Boxing Day.


Then they can explain Chicago Pizza? (ducking quickly)
 
2013-11-28 11:58:11 AM
British newspaper tries to explain the concept of American Thanksgiving and Black Friday to its baffled apathetic readers

We're about as interested in Thanksgiving as you lot are in Guy Fawke's Night.
 
2013-11-28 11:59:04 AM

I_Am_Weasel: b0rscht: I look forward to the Chicago Tribune article explaining Boxing Day.

No need.  There's an entire MASH episode devoted to it.


I need to watch that then, as I am British and have no idea what Boxing Day is about (obviously apart from the important thing that it is a public holiday, meaning one less holiday to book for my standard 2+ weeks off work in late December). I know what Thanksgiving and Black Friday is though, so there is that.
 
2013-11-28 12:01:24 PM
Aren't the concepts of Thanksgiving and Black Friday obvious?  We Americans don't eat enough, and we don't shop enough.
 
2013-11-28 12:05:20 PM

I_Don't_Want_FOP: I have never heard of eating brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving--around here, it is more likely to be collard/turnip/mustard greens.


Me either. They can be good if properly prepared but I've never heard they were a Thanksgiving staple.
 
2013-11-28 12:07:58 PM
My family has lived in the U.S. for at least 3 generations, and I still don't understand "Black Friday."  Or why it's deemed socially necessary to be surrounded by at least 50 other people on Thanksgiving.

/FARK needs a "War on Thanksgiving" thread

//goes back to see if I've missed one
 
2013-11-28 12:08:55 PM
It is an extension of the autumn harvest festivals.   That's why Canada's Thanksgiving is a month earlier (shorter growing season).
 
2013-11-28 12:10:59 PM

flucto: It's really not that hard. After the Pilgrims whipped the British Navy's ass, they gathered to give thanks at the first Walmart where the Indians sold them goods at fabulous prices.


Roflmao!
 
2013-11-28 12:12:07 PM
That article was very amusing to me for some reason. Possibly because they took a fairly easy to understand premise- American's like to get together with family and eat turkey and watch football- and analyzed the absolute shiat out of it. It was like being at a museum and listening to the docent explain some bizarre ancient pagan ritual of ancestors long passed. Those Brits are thinking too hard.

But I do wonder what Thanksgiving food would taste like in Britain...
 
2013-11-28 12:12:46 PM
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2013-11-28 12:13:21 PM
img.fark.net

Approves
 
2013-11-28 12:14:20 PM

Cake Hunter: TV they've got.


It's the Holy Trinitron.
Remember when they killed our Trinitron, and all the colors came oozing out?
We put our sacred antenna on the Injuns' sacred mountain. It was shaped like a cross.
 
2013-11-28 12:16:10 PM
It's when the penguins arrived in America, isn't it?

/"baffled" implies they're in some way interested in knowing, I doubt they are
 
2013-11-28 12:17:41 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Was there anything about Black Friday in that article?


No
 
2013-11-28 12:20:44 PM

Cake Hunter: It was on this date in 1492 when Jesus accidentally resurrected himself as a turkey. It's tradition to give thanks that he got back to work and tried again a few months later and got it right. The turkey represents his body, and since the pilgrims didn't drink alcohol, they got the next best thing to represent his blood: cranberry sauce.

"Black Friday" was Judas' nickname, so we celebrate by losing our sh*t and trampling other people for a sweet deal on this one TV they've got.


Oh my dear lord! Lol
 
2013-11-28 12:22:36 PM

Cake Hunter: It was on this date in 1492 when Jesus accidentally resurrected himself as a turkey. It's tradition to give thanks that he got back to work and tried again a few months later and got it right. The turkey represents his body, and since the pilgrims didn't drink alcohol, they got the next best thing to represent his blood: cranberry sauce.

"Black Friday" was Judas' nickname, so we celebrate by losing our sh*t and trampling other people for a sweet deal on this one TV they've got.


Aaaaak! Now it just dawned on me...I'm roasting jeebus in my oven! :0
 
2013-11-28 12:25:57 PM

vudukungfu: Cake Hunter: TV they've got.

It's the Holy Trinitron.
Remember when they killed our Trinitron, and all the colors came oozing out?
We put our sacred antenna on the Injuns' sacred mountain. It was shaped like a cross.


<csb>
Had a KDS brand monitor with a Trinitron tube in it, but KDS couldn't get the implementation right, and after the time it takes to complete two returns to the company, Sony revoked licensing to KDS and they sent me some second rate tube tech as a replacement. It worked for some time, but looked awful and had terrible performance and tiny color gamut compared to the Trinitron.
</csb>
 
2013-11-28 12:26:25 PM

Devil's Advocaat: British newspaper tries to explain the concept of American Thanksgiving and Black Friday to its baffled apathetic readers

We're about as interested in Thanksgiving as you lot are in Guy Fawke's Night.


wasn't that the guy that shaved Natalie Portman's head?

/also invented anon?
 
2013-11-28 12:27:00 PM
Seems like a pretty accurate and concise explanation.
 
2013-11-28 12:35:04 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: What's cool is Hanukkah is happening on Thanksgiving.

The Jews celebrate supplies lasting eight days instead of one, while Americans celebrate food lasting one day instead of eight.


well, it IS eight days if you count leftovers...
 
2013-11-28 12:43:49 PM
DA: We're about as interested in Thanksgiving as you lot are in Guy Fawke's Night.

I had a wonderful traditional Guy Fawke's Night visiting farmer friends in Wiltshire a few years back.  Big ass bonfire, fireworks, eating sausage rolls outside the farmhouse. A delightfully English evening.
 
2013-11-28 12:44:29 PM

b0rscht: I look forward to the Chicago Tribune article explaining Boxing Day.



Boxing day is the day you respond appropriately to the people who gave you crappy Christmas gifts, obviously.

i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-28 12:47:23 PM
And?
 
2013-11-28 12:48:46 PM

MooseUpNorth: It's pretty simple: it's a holiday where Americans have been conditioned to consume to excess, thinly justified by giving thanks for thoroughly farking over the native population.


Actually, for some families - perhaps more than you can imagine - it is a time to give thanks and celebrate together with a huge dinner.

Before we began to eat, we would go around the table and everyone would say what they were thankful for that year.  it was a time of reflection on the year so far.

Many delicacies which were normally not on our dinner plates would be served and we'd all eat until we were full and then we helped mom wash dishes and hang out and visit with relatives who we didn't see every day or even every month.

I don't see anything wrong with any of that.  In fact, I see a lot of good in it.

I am spending this Thanksgiving alone and even though it's not even noon yet, I just finished off a steak and am thankful for many things despite all the hardships and struggles I have endured this year.

So, I don't think it's excess and the gratitude comes from the heart.

But I really thought it was a holiday, but there are people working and not just in retail.  There are construction workers a block away hammering and sawing and building more homes.  FFS, I thought they would take the day off today.  I really am sick of all that noise.
 
2013-11-28 12:51:29 PM

mark12A: DA: We're about as interested in Thanksgiving as you lot are in Guy Fawke's Night.

I had a wonderful traditional Guy Fawke's Night visiting farmer friends in Wiltshire a few years back.  Big ass bonfire, fireworks, eating sausage rolls outside the farmhouse. A delightfully English evening.


Maybe you can explain Guy Fawke to us Americans.  Wasn't he the guy who tried to burn down the British government?  Why is he an idol to so many of you?
 
2013-11-28 12:55:58 PM

poodebunker: Cake Hunter: It was on this date in 1492 when Jesus accidentally resurrected himself as a turkey. It's tradition to give thanks that he got back to work and tried again a few months later and got it right. The turkey represents his body, and since the pilgrims didn't drink alcohol, they got the next best thing to represent his blood: cranberry sauce.

"Black Friday" was Judas' nickname, so we celebrate by losing our sh*t and trampling other people for a sweet deal on this one TV they've got.

Aaaaak! Now it just dawned on me...I'm roasting jeebus in my oven! :0


Did you shove a loaf of bread up his ass so that it could be transubstantiated?
 
2013-11-28 12:56:58 PM

FloydA: b0rscht: I look forward to the Chicago Tribune article explaining Boxing Day.


Boxing day is the day you respond appropriately to the people who gave you crappy Christmas gifts, obviously.

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As someone that hates, HATES shopping. I actually enjoy getting socks as well as other clothes for Christmas. Can't remember the last time I bought clothes myself. Usually my wife takes care of it.
 
2013-11-28 01:00:08 PM
Why does subby believe the readers are baffled ?


xria: I_Am_Weasel: b0rscht: I look forward to the Chicago Tribune article explaining Boxing Day.

No need.  There's an entire MASH episode devoted to it.

I need to watch that then, as I am British and have no idea what Boxing Day is about (obviously apart from the important thing that it is a public holiday, meaning one less holiday to book for my standard 2+ weeks off work in late December). I know what Thanksgiving and Black Friday is though, so there is that.


Come visit Canada, then. Boxing Day is our version of Black Friday, but with fewer tramplings and shorter store hours.
 
2013-11-28 01:04:50 PM
We make bigger gluttons of ourselves than normal on the 4th thursday of Nov and line up to buy crap on sale at the store the next morning.
 
2013-11-28 01:05:11 PM

gfid: it is a time to give thanks and celebrate together with a huge dinner.


Relax, Francis. We have thanksgiving too. I'm not being serious. Not very, anyway.

/ Except about the Black Friday nonsense. That sort of shat is why you guys keep getting stereotyped.
 
2013-11-28 01:09:27 PM

gfid: MooseUpNorth: It's pretty simple: it's a holiday where Americans have been conditioned to consume to excess, thinly justified by giving thanks for thoroughly farking over the native population.

Actually, for some families - perhaps more than you can imagine - it is a time to give thanks and celebrate together with a huge dinner.

Before we began to eat, we would go around the table and everyone would say what they were thankful for that year.  it was a time of reflection on the year so far.

Many delicacies which were normally not on our dinner plates would be served and we'd all eat until we were full and then we helped mom wash dishes and hang out and visit with relatives who we didn't see every day or even every month.

I don't see anything wrong with any of that.  In fact, I see a lot of good in it.

I am spending this Thanksgiving alone and even though it's not even noon yet, I just finished off a steak and am thankful for many things despite all the hardships and struggles I have endured this year.

So, I don't think it's excess and the gratitude comes from the heart.

But I really thought it was a holiday, but there are people working and not just in retail.  There are construction workers a block away hammering and sawing and building more homes.  FFS, I thought they would take the day off today.  I really am sick of all that noise.


My massive family celebrates the same way. And if anyone has friends that don't have a family to celebrate with, then they're more than welcome to join us. My elderly relatives grew up in the dust bowl/depression as poor subsistence farmers, so for us it's about family and coming together and realizing that even though we're not wealthy, we have a lot to be thankful for.

Unfortunately, I'm working my second ever shift on an ambulance today, because when I was setting up my schedule last Sunday I forgot that today was going to be Thanksgiving. My brothers better have a massive plate of leftovers for me when I get off tonight.

/Right now I'm thankful that we've only had one call since 8a and are getting to spend the day hanging out at the station and watching football.
//And holiday pay. Really thankful for that holiday pay.
 
2013-11-28 01:10:21 PM

kim jong-un: poodebunker: Cake Hunter: It was on this date in 1492 when Jesus accidentally resurrected himself as a turkey. It's tradition to give thanks that he got back to work and tried again a few months later and got it right. The turkey represents his body, and since the pilgrims didn't drink alcohol, they got the next best thing to represent his blood: cranberry sauce.

"Black Friday" was Judas' nickname, so we celebrate by losing our sh*t and trampling other people for a sweet deal on this one TV they've got.

Aaaaak! Now it just dawned on me...I'm roasting jeebus in my oven! :0

Did you shove a loaf of bread up his ass so that it could be transubstantiated?


No. Ummm was I supposed to? Did I do it wrong? :/
 
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