Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? I hope so! Mine was fantastic, but now…
Please tell me I’m not the only one who had a second slice of pumpkin pie!
It’s times like these that I ask myself, “What would Jess Kimball do?”
Easy. She’d go for a run. She’s an investigative journalist, you know. But she’s also an avid runner. Helps her work out problems.
I don’t know, somehow the idea of staying home with a book sounds more appealing to me this weekend.
Hmmm… I’ve got it! An audiobook. That way we can run, or at least walk, and consume our stories at the same time. Who’s with me?!
It’s no wonder Jess Kimball runs a lot. I told you the challenges of Jess’s job writing for a magazine on my blog earlier this week. For her, fact-finding often becomes a life or death mission.
Writing about Jess reminded me that last year I shared with you some facts about Thanksgiving — far from investigative journalism, but I think interesting facts nonetheless. Here they are again in case you missed them:
- The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat’s horn filled to brim with fruits and grains.
- Fossil evidence shows that prehistoric relatives of turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
- Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor who fought tirelessly in the 19th century to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, was also the author of “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”
- The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade included bears, camels, monkeys, and elephants from the Central Park Zoo.
- The invention of frozen TV dinners was inspired by Thanksgiving leftovers. It happened in 1953, when Swanson severely overestimated the number of frozen turkeys Americans would eat on Thanksgiving day. Swanson then ordered thousands of aluminum trays, added a few sides, and sold frozen turkey as a part of individual meals — which we know today as TV dinners.
Okay, this has been fun, but that’s enough reflecting on Thanksgiving Past. Let’s get out there and “investigate” the wonders of audiobooks! Maybe after a few chapters, we’ll have room for another slice of pumpkin pie. 🙂