It’s Thanksgiving Day in America: Thursday, November 26, 2020, and National Cake Day. Here’s are some amazing cakes made by a tattoo artist:
— Quintessential (@Damian_Quinn666) February 8, 2020
Today’s Google Doodle (click on screenshot) celebrates the history Thanksgiving:
It’s also Unthanksgiving Day, also known as The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony, described as “a yearly event that takes place on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Coinciding with the National Day of Mourning in Massachusetts and a counter-celebration to Thanksgiving Day, Unthanksgiving Day honors indigenous people and promotes their rights. It commemorates the survival of indigenous people after the European colonization of the Americas and honors their resistance through the centuries.” Finally, it’s Turkey-Free Thanksgiving, and, truth be told, turkey is an awfully bland dish. Give me a ham, a pork roast, or roast beef! Better yet, rib tips!!!
News of the Day:
Well, we all know about this pardon; how many other undeserved and self-serving pardons will we see before January 20?
It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020
More on the shameful new Supreme Court decision on religion later today.
Diego Maradona died; the soccer legend was only 60 years old, but suffered a heart attack (he had abused cocaine earlier in his life, had other health problems, and was overweight). He was a very great player, and two of his goals (below) were notable—one “infamous”, as the video below notes, but the other deservedly famous. Both were scored in the same game: the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup, when England played Argentina. The “hand of God” goal was clearly an illegal handball
. . . and a memorial story (sound up):
"He had such an incredible passion for the game."
"I've never seen anyone have such a beautiful affection with a football."
A heartfelt tribute from @GaryLineker to the one and only Diego Maradona…
And a lovely story that sums up his genius ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ztAhYyNFIs
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 25, 2020
For a video of Maradona training in the mud (and doing some incredible dribbling and shots), go to this Facebook video (h/t: Jez)
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 262,137, a big increase of about 2,300 from yesterday’s figure. Yesterday 1.6 Americans died every minute from the virus. The world death toll is 1,428,873, a big increase of about 12,100 over yesterday’s report. About 8.3 inhabitants of this planet died every minute yesterday.
Stuff that happened on November 26 includes:
- 1778 – In the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui.
- 1789 – A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as proclaimed by President George Washington at the request of Congress.
- 1863 – United States President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November. Following the Franksgiving controversy from 1939 to 1941, it has been observed on the fourth Thursday in 1942 and subsequent years.
- 1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.
Here’s a view of the tomb when it was opened in 1922 (it had been plundered at least twice previously):
- 1942 – Casablanca, the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premieres in New York City.
This needs no introduction:
- 1950 – Korean War: Troops from the People’s Republic of China launch a massive counterattack in North Korea against South Korean and United Nations forces (Battle of the Ch’ongch’on River and Battle of Chosin Reservoir), ending any hopes of a quick end to the conflict.
Here’s an amazing fact:
- 1970 – In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1 mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever recorded.
- 2000 – George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida’s electoral votes by Katherine Harris, going on to win the United States presidential election, despite losing in the national popular vote.
- 2003 – The Concorde makes its final flight, over Bristol, England.
- 2004 – The last Poʻouli (Black-faced honeycreeper) dies of avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii, before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.
Here’s one that was still alive:
- 2008 – Mumbai attacks, a series of terrorist attacks killing approximately 166 citizens by 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan based extremist Islamist terrorist organisation, and the ship, Queen Elizabeth 2 is out of service, and docks in Dubai.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1607 – John Harvard, English minister and philanthropist (d. 1638)
- 1853 – Bat Masterson, American police officer and journalist (d. 1921)
- 1894 – Norbert Wiener, American-Swedish mathematician and philosopher (d. 1964)
- 1907 – Ruth Patrick, American botanist (d. 2013)
- 1933 – Robert Goulet, American-Canadian singer and actor (d. 2007)
- 1943 – Marilynne Robinson, American novelist and essayist
- 1954 – Roz Chast, American cartoonist
Now that the cartoons in the New Woker are going downhill, Roz Chast’s work remains a bright light. Here’s one of her pandemic cartoons:
Those who passed away on November 26 include:
- 1504 – Isabella I, queen of Castile and León (b. 1451)
- 1883 – Sojourner Truth, American activist (b. 1797)\
Her real name was Isabella “Belle” Baumfree, she lived to be 86, and was a famous abolitionists and campaigner for women’s rights. Here she is in around 1870:
- 1956 – Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist, trumpet player, and composer (b. 1905)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the Hili dialogue is enigmatic. When I asked Malgorzata what it means, she replied, “This dialogue is not easy to explain and it can have many different interpretations, depending on the reader. One of them is that, maybe, it’s better to remain ignorant about how politics and sausages are made.”
Hili: Is it possible to understand all that?A: No.Hili, Maybe, it’s just as well.
Hili: Czy można to wszystko zrozumieć?Ja: Nie.Hili: Może to i lepiej.
In nearby Wloclawek, teenager Mietek has a question:
Mietek: What are you doing over there?
From Stash Krod:
From reader Barry, a comparison between creationism and our “President”:
Creationism is Donald Trump: a heap of lies rejected long ago by everyone who has the barest grasp of facts, but desperately clung to by evangelicals because it’s the linchpin of an imaginary culture war.
— Take That Darwin (@TakeThatDarwin) November 25, 2020
If you get your news from a narrow band of right-wing sources, it’s possible to believe that Trump AND creationism are winning. But that just affirms a willingness to hide from threatening information and an UNwillingness to square your views with facts.
— Take That Darwin (@TakeThatDarwin) November 25, 2020
From Matthew. Here’s the most wonderful thread I’ve seen on Twitter in a long time: ANIMALS WHO ATE TOO MUCH!
A possum broke into an Australian bakery and ate so many pastries it couldn't move. This is how they found him. pic.twitter.com/FxmK9l3cwo
— Adam(Alaa) Bujairami (@AdamBujairami) December 24, 2019
and now, for no particular reason, I present to you a thread of animals that have eaten themselves into the glorious stupor that is postprandial somnolence pic.twitter.com/ywDGI1vjfv
— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) November 25, 2020
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 21, 2015
DUCKLING! This is the best one, right up there with the pastry-filled possum:
My spirit animal is a food coma duckling. pic.twitter.com/3pDXUusTyG
— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Mar (@marissakahla) December 9, 2015
— Ex Ranga (@vokstar) July 28, 2020
One of Matthew’s beloved optical illusions:
— Lana Sinapayen (@sina_lana) November 24, 2020
And other. As Matthew says in all caps: “NOTHING GROWS OR SHRINKS OR MOVES ITS POSITION HERE. IT’S ALL ILLUSORY”
— じゃがりきん (@jagarikin) November 25, 2020
It's all in the edges of the wheels. Here's another render where I've also removed both the inside and outside edges.
Doing this stops the illusion: pic.twitter.com/Yf1mOhuarZ
— Oli Sharpe (@_OliSharpe) November 25, 2020