Turkey and Hummus and Sushi, Oh My!

It’s traditional:

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving. My family is doing our feast today, so nobody had to rush across town to over-eat a second time in one day. I’m a big fan of slacking off whenever possible. The weather here yesterday finally forced me to run the air conditioner, which is basically wrong. And sorry, retailers, no manic Black Friday activities are planned here.

The Pilgrims landed to find an abandoned village surrounded by recently tilled fields. The Native population of New England countryside had been recently scourged by a mystery disease that had left the surroundings largely depopulated. Slate looks at the killer’s possible identity in “The Pilgrims Should Have Been Thankful for a Spirochete“.

Salon gives us a round-up of Thanksgiving-related konspiracy kraziness. Maybe a different type of spirochete is to blame, but it’s still fine to point and laugh.

More than turkeys are getting carved: an epidemic of penile amputations in Thailand led researchers to inquire into what was going on (besides the obvious).

It just isn’t there at all: Sandy Island was just a mistake of map-makers, it seems. So that timeshare is worthless, FYI.

Beachcomber presents the inspirational tale of Wilhelm Voigt, the “Captain of Kopenick“, one of history’s greatest frauds.

The master wears an amulet with a blue eye in the center. Before him, a candidate kneels in the candlelit room, surrounded by microscopes and surgical implements. The year is roughly 1746. The initiation has begun“. Wired’s story of how cracking a 250 year old code revealed the rituals of a secret society.

Silence of the rover: a few days ago John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the rover mission, said they recently found something earthshaking. “This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good”. But since then mum’s the word. A triumph of caution? IO9 reports wildly humorous speculations on Twitter.

Here’s a toddler and a dancing robotic spider, just because it exists:

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