Well it’s no longer Thanksgiving, so here are the things I am NOT thankful for on this the most joyous of November holidays (sorry, International Drum Month and National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Although I am still a proponent for Beard History Month to fall in November)
Without further ado…things I am not thankful for on Thanksgiving:
When people call it “Turkey Day.” I hate this. I don’t know why, it just sounds dumb. I don’t like turkey thatmuch to name a day after it, let alone go around in public wishing people well by it. I know there’s a whole movement of people out there who want to make Christmas about Christ and not commercialism. But I’m here to say fuck that, let’s make Thanksgiving about Thanks and not turkeys. Baby steps.
When people say “Happy Turkey Day” and follow it with “Gobble! Gobble!” These people deserve a fate worse than that turkey on the table.
Social network statuses. Never has there been a holiday used more by people to push how great their family is than Thanksgiving. If my family were so absolutely fantastic I’d be hanging out with them all day and not bragging to my friends about them on the internet. I don’t care about how cool your aunt is or how your brother is a genius. Nor do I want to know “Reason #28524 Why My Mother Is Better Than Yours.” I just don’t get the need people have to do this. Maybe it’s just the medium that lends itself to people talking that way. Because if you called up your friends on the family landline Thanksgiving Day 1996 and proceeded to list the reasons why your family r-r-r-rocks, that’d make you a wee bit of an asshole.
The highest salt lake in the world, Namtso (“Heavenly Lake”) is estimated to be over 200,000 years old. Namtso has five uninhabited islands of reasonable size, in addition to one or two rocky outcrops. The islands have been used for spiritual retreat by pilgrims who walk over the lake’s frozen surface at the end of winter, carrying their food with them. They spend the summer there, unable to return to shore again until the water freezes the following winter. This practice is no longer permitted under the Communist Chinese regime in Tibet.
“The tendency to make something grand from something small may be the result of a landscape in which often only the loudest voices stand out, but it’s misguided at best and misleading at worst…The inclination to make too much of too little in order to draw attention frequently only serves to shed light on something other than what is truly significant.”—Jeff Sullivan
Space elevator - The concept of a space elevator dates back to 1895 when Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposed a free-standing “Tsiolkovsky” tower reaching from the surface of Earth to geostationary orbit. Most recent discussions focus on tensile structures (specifically, tethers) reaching from geostationary orbit to the ground. This structure would be held in tension between Earth and the counterweight in space like a guitar string held taut. Space elevators have also sometimes been referred to as beanstalks, space bridges, space lifts, space ladders, skyhooks, orbital towers, or orbital elevators.