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Happy Thanksgiving!

horse drawn hearse

I give you this slideshow of 39 people, mostly celebrities, and their odd deaths. Many are too recent or too well known to be interesting. But how did I miss Christine Chubbuck, the Florida newsreader who committed suicide on-air in 1974? The Wikipedia article about her contains the greatest sentence in the English language:

She placed a .38 revolver in her bag of puppets and put it beneath her desk.

I definitely didn’t know Tennessee Williams choked to death on a bottle cap. He used to hold the cap in his teeth while he administered eyedrops. I think I knew that author Sherwood Anderson died of peritonitis after swallowing a toothpick. And everybody knows Isadora Duncan strangled to death in a tragic wardrobe malfunction when her silk scarf wrapped around the wheel of her convertible.

Shucks, here are a few more ways to die.

There! Now you have something to be grateful for! Happy Thanksgiving!


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 22, 2007, 7:23 am

Yes, Happy Thanksgiving, rebel colonists!

Long may you eat turkeys… and… err, yams, was it?

(note to self – WTF is a yam, and why would one eat them?)

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: November 22, 2007, 9:20 am

Happy Thanksgiving.
According to wiki, yams are fleshy tubers. I’ve got it into my diseased mind that they’re like sweet potatoes, which sounds pretty good to me.

Comment from lauraw
Time: November 22, 2007, 9:47 am

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Don’t drink too much gravy….aww what the Hell, have a big ol’ glass of gravy. Once a year won’t hurt ya.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 22, 2007, 11:08 am

I’m gonna dispute Weasel’s “greatest sentence” assertion. This is my entry, just spotted yesterday:

I feel more like I do now than I did when I got here.
— Stinky Beaumont –

I don’t know which I dislike more – yams, or sweet potatoes – since I can’t tell them apart by taste. Think of them both as orange mashed potatoes with sugar.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 22, 2007, 11:45 am

Oh, yes. Happy Thanksgiving, dammit! May you eat your weight in tasty stuff without suffering the consequences!

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 22, 2007, 12:48 pm

Dang that horse shawl is cool, I can just see a bunch of old ladies putting that together.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: November 22, 2007, 12:58 pm

Yams and sweet potatoes are two terms for the same thing (at least in Texas; I think there actually is a difference, but we use the terms interchangeably around here). They are delicious and healthful (as opposed to white potatoes, which have no flavor and pretty much zero nutritional value). You can bake them just like a baked potato and add butter. Marshmallows, brown sugar, and cinnamon optional, but delicious.

“Candied yams” are what my mom typically prepares for Thanksgiving/Christmas. You slice ’em up, add a special concoction the ingredients of which I am not at liberty to disclose, bake ’em, and then pile marshmallows on top and bake until the marshmallows melt and develop a brown crust. Most people think they don’t like candied yams, but they’ve never had Mom’s. The secret ingredient is…well, it’s secret. Suffice to say they’re delicious.

Sweet potatoes are also good whipped (again, same as mashed potatoes, except they taste good), especially with brown sugar and cinnamon added. Boston Market makes them pretty well.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. I’m going to go work out and shower, and then go join the family for lots of food, including a HUGE serving of candied yams. 😛

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: November 22, 2007, 1:01 pm

Hmm, that weasel doesn’t look happy about his huge serving of yams. He’s supposed to be impishly sticking his tongue out while grinning. Oh well. Weasels eat raw eggs, so what do they know? *conveniently ignores the fact that she eats raw cookie dough whenever she has the opportunity*

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: November 22, 2007, 2:44 pm

Mrs. Peel, I’m a representative of the Council for the Relations of Americans-Potatoes (CRAP). Your irresponsible and ignorant comments about potatoes having ‘no flavor’ ‘zero nutritional value’ and not tasting good are hurtful and deeply, personally offensive to the world’s 130 sextillion potatoes.
I urge you to retract your statements and issue a scraping apology otherwise we’ll be forced to sue you.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: November 22, 2007, 3:06 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Day Weasel & Minions!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 22, 2007, 4:16 pm

You know, its really bothering me that those two horses only have six legs under them. I suspect the worst.

…And, Mrs. Peel, pay no attention to the Council for the Relations of Americans-Potatoes.

They’re full of it.

Everyone knows spuds have no flavor. Its a scientific fact that potatoes were originally cultivated as a building material – before Portland cement was invented. People started eating it because – well – folks were really, really stupid back then. Since then its just been a custom.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 22, 2007, 4:58 pm

Zero nutritional value!?!

I’m with the man from CRAP (though not standing too close).

According to my 5 seconds of research on a passing innerweb, the humble spud contains: 45% vitamin C, 6% iron, 10% B6, and enough potassium to err, potash with.

In fact (and this may be more CRAP data) I was once told that the average bag of crisps (aka potato chips) has more vitamin C than an apple.

All I can say is these here yams must be awfully potent veggies!

Interesting to learn they are also known as sweet potatoes, though. We do have those here, though they aren’t common.

Hope you’re all enjoying your turkey!

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: November 22, 2007, 7:16 pm

heh. I think regular white potatoes taste terrible, so of course I’m going to make up all kinds of shit about them. (I will occasionally eat russets au gratin, and I love kettle-cooked potato chips, and thin or waffle french fries, but other than that, bleh.)

Sweet potatoes do have a lot of vitamins, though. According to Wikipedia, they’ve got 79% Vitamin A, 79% beta-carotene, and a bunch of other vitamins. And there’s a cultivar called the Ace of Spades. Therefore, they are teh awesome. QED.

Incidentally, they’re definitely not true yams (we do call them “yams” in the South, though), but they’re also not potatoes. Go figure.

Looks like regular potatoes do win on Vitamin C (especially if you eat the skin), but overall, sweet potatoes definitely have a great deal of nutritional value. And they’re awesome with marshmallows and brown sugar and cinnamon, and of course the Secret Ingredients my mom uses.

*pats full tummy*

I hope you all had great dinners, including you folks across the pond.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: November 23, 2007, 4:55 pm

I’m with you, Mrs. Peel. I like rotten hawg potatoes, but potatoes without lots of additives are like poi, but without the polynesian flair.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 23, 2007, 8:54 pm

All them additives is good for you, jw!

Why, without all the additives, potato would taste like drywall plaster.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 25, 2007, 11:58 am

Dammit, McGoo…now I’m seriously bothered by the horse-to-leg ratio. As I see it, near-side horse is missing left rear and far-side horse is missing left front. So they could canter but not trot.

Comment from Dawn
Time: November 25, 2007, 12:11 pm

Must have been an AP photographer.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 25, 2007, 12:37 pm

Thank god someone else besides me is really upset by this … absence … of limbs.

So far as I can tell, the historical leg-to-horse ratio has always been precisely four(legs) to one (horse). I even checked my CRC Reference Manual.

Be careful, Weasel. It could be a ruse…

Comment from jwpaine
Time: November 25, 2007, 1:02 pm

It’s simply a trick of perspective that makes the horses appear to have three legs each. Everyone knows that horses have two legs that move so fast they appear to be, in most cases, four.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 25, 2007, 1:20 pm

I am disturbed that you had that graphic ready-to-hand, jw.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: November 25, 2007, 1:32 pm

heh-heh. It actually took some googling for “multiple legs”+”cartoon characters” and then I had to swipe it off a pdf book-chapter on animated cartoons, paste it into PaintShop, save it as a gif, then ftp it up to PB’s /images folder.

And yes, I have no life. Thanks for asking.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 25, 2007, 4:24 pm

Soooo…you’re saying the horses are just a bit out-of-sorts and are wiggling one leg apiece, perhaps in impatience?

(walks away, scratching head, mumbling uneasily….)

Comment from jwpaine
Time: November 25, 2007, 5:54 pm

heh-heh…. Gibby said ‘fleshy tubers.’

Comment from Michal
Time: April 13, 2009, 1:23 pm

as a former Yam/sweet potato hater, the gag, half- throw- them up, choke splutter kind of hatred acquired in a childhood with Midwestern food fascists-
I can tell you that if you fry them they are delicious. Make like chips (or french fries) or do it like this:

Peel the orange thing.
Slice into circles about1/2 inch thick

Fry them in a little oil on one side until brown. watch them that they dont’ burn

Take them out and put them on a plate or bowl with paper towel or whatever to absorb the oil.

Cut up an onion, biggish into large pieces
Cook in the same oil until soft.

Put the orange taters back in the pan w/onions.
Add a clove of crushed garlic, salt and cayenne pepper to taste. It’s good spicey hot!

cover and steam until the taters are done but not mush-10 mins approx.
serve with chicken, chops, steak or even brocoli and tofu.
Kids even like this.

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