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10 Great Thanksgiving Quotes
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Here are some of the 10 Best Thanksgiving Quotes to feed your mind and whet your appetite (while you're waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven)! "Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life...a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God." - Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)
9 Common Sportscaster Clichés
This list could easily be one hundred entries long. It’s not that announcers are lazy, uneducated guys; by and large, they’re not. However, when you have to speak for three hours, there’s only so much original thought you can shoehorn in before you have to go back to the deep well of clichés. Some clichés have merit, some make absolutely no sense and seem to exist only to make observations seem more poignant or insightful than they actually are. The nine listed below might not be the most egregious offenses, but they are certainly among the most popular, so turn your thinking cap off and enjoy.
Top 10 Failed Escapes from Gilligan’s Island
If ever there was an ill-fated three hour tour, it would be that of the S.S. Minnow. The pleasure cruise set out from Hawaii with an eclectic group of passengers including a multi-millionaire and his wife, a Hollywood starlet, a professor and a farm girl. Why these people ended up on the same boat was never addressed. But when the weather started getting rough and the tiny ship was tossed, the fearless Skipper and his first mate Gilligan were helpless to prevent a shipwreck on a tropical island. What followed was a sort of anti-“Lord of the Flies” where everyone got along, made bamboo inventions and there were plenty of bananas to go all around. Gilligan and his friends actually made it off the island fourteen years after being marooned only to end right back on the same island. Those crazy castaways. But for those first 98 episodes, this bunch desperately tried to get off Gilligan’s Island and back to civilization. They came close so many times and yet with every failure their spirits never dimmed and they were right back in the game. Of course if they were really smart, they would have tied Gilligan to a palm tree and easily made their way back to Hawaii. And what’s with all those clothes for a three hour tour?
10 War Photos That Changed the World Forever
Popular photography as we know it was presented to the public in the 1840s. It was proposed as the ultimate portrayal of reality and the eternal confinement of history - unlike art or prose, photographs are not easily altered. They have been used to depict the terrors and truths of war, to inform the public of conflicts worldwide and to advertise, subliminally, the importance of national pride and patriotism through the bravery and commitment of young soldiers on the frontlines. Today war photography has taken a frightening turn; manipulation and alteration are the order of the day and it is often difficult to confirm their authenticity. Many of the photographs below were questioned and studied in depth, but their impact on the world has remained powerful despite doubts and criticisms.
How to Spot 10 Counterfeit Products
The next time you ogle discount handbags at a downtown street vendor, keep in mind: Counterfeit products cost the global economy an estimated $600 billion in legitimate revenue every year, or roughly the price of 240 million Prada handbags. No joke. Fakes are hardly a shocking sight, but with the holidays hot on our collective heels, counterfeits of everything will be more prominent than usual. Of course, counterfeits are naturally enticing, especially when attached to dapper names like Louis Vuitton, Coach and Rolex. Most designer brands have some type of knock-off floating around, often a very convincing replica claiming to be the real thing but for much, much less. Now, when I say counterfeit or imitation, I don't mean purposely off-brand items with no intention of masquerading as the Real McCoy. Truth is, whether you're buying designer handbags, shoes or jewelry, the original is going to be expensive -- it's the reason those labels are coveted in the first place. Web shoppers looking for authenticity at online warehouses or on auction sites like eBay should be especially wary of cut-rate wolves in chic sheep's clothing.
The 10 Obsolete Technologies People Won't Let Die
For most people, obsolete technology is a lot like an empty beer can. Sure, we had a lot of fun emptying it, but once it’s served its purpose, we don’t think twice about chucking it in the recycling box and moving on to the next one. But for some folks, saying goodbye to their favorite gadgets isn’t so easy when the next generation of technology comes along. Here are ten obsolete examples that enthusiasts refuse to let go of.
10 Most Memorable TV Thanksgivings
Thanksgiving hasn't truly arrived until your favorite TV shows produce episodes revolving around giving thanks, togetherness, loneliness, burnt turkey and food fights. And although many writers have failed in their quests to seamlessly integrate the holiday into their shows, making for cheesy and awkward plots, there have been a few Turkey Day-themed episodes that left lasting impressions. Here are the 10 most memorable TV Thanksgivings.
Top 10 Kick-Ass Native Americans
The American Thanksgiving celebrates a heavily fictionalized story of pilgrims and Native Americans sitting down to a bountiful, peaceful feast. However, the first Thanksgiving probably consisted of a handful of starving settlers dumbfounded that they were still alive and eating food previously thought to be inedible, like eel and corn. Thankfully, they had Native Americans like Squanto to show them what to eat to survive. They repaid Squanto and his people by enslaving, massacring and destroying their entire way of life. However, many great Native Americans refused to take it lying down. They fought back, proving themselves smarter and better warriors until the sheer number of Europeans and their diseases overwhelmed them. There's a lot more to Native American culture than their prowess on the battlefield. For this feature, however, that's all we're going to be looking at: the most kick-ass men this culture produced. Here are the most legendary of those men.
10 Common Myths About ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been the subject of scrutiny in recent years due to the perception that it’s a faux-disorder. A patient isn’t diagnosed after an X-ray or blood test, but rather with a behavioral evaluation that considers his or her unique situation. The lack physical evidence fuels the skeptics despite the fact that many of them lack experience in dealing with the disorder. Just ask a parent of a child or an adult who suffers from ADHD, and they’ll tell you that it’s more than just the occasional loss of concentration — it hinders their ability to function to their potential, in school and social situations. The following myths have been perpetuated by people who don’t understand ADHD but have been debunked by doctors, mental health professionals and people who live with the disorder.
5 Fascinating Recipe Sites To Brush Up Your Culinary Skills
Getting closer to the holidays, some people may dread the heavy foods that abound during these times. But as the season is a synonym for sharing good times and good food with loved ones, I’m sure we all enjoy the holiday season. When it comes to enjoying food, there are loads of recipe sites that provide you with great food, some with more active communities than others. AllRecipes comes to mind, as well as Chow and Epicurious. Those sites may be really well-known but there are many more that you shouldn’t miss out on. Whether you can’t resist a restaurant’s dish or want to try your hand at making your own version, or whether you really want to keep a budget for your meals, the next couple of sites may just be your cup of tea.
10 Ancient Methods of Birth Control
This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the birth control pill, which many considered to have empowered women and sparked the sexual revolution. But as this list will show, women have had some control over their reproductive rights for millennia, although some of these ancient birth control methods were, admittedly, more terrifying than most of the methods in use today. To be included on this list, the birth control had to be at least plausibly effective to some degree. Records exist of women in ancient Rome and Greece relying on dances and amulets to prevent pregnancy, and we can safely assume that those probably didn’t do much. At the risk of stirring up controversy, I’ve listed both contraceptives—which prevent sperm from fertilizing egg—and abortifacients, which induce abortion. For the sake of interest, I’ve focused on methods that would be unusual today, and not on methods that are still regularly practiced—like abstinence, coitus interruptus, or fertility awareness—to similar effect now as a few centuries ago. These items are in no particular order.