A lucky turkey by the name of Popcorn secured a pardon from the Leader
of the Free World the day before Thanksgiving. The holiday ritual is
America's way of honoring a long-standing tradition in a very symbolic
way. In the 66th annual presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey, courtesy of the National Turkey Federation, the White House drew an analogy to the current box office hit, "Hunger Games."
Back in the 19th century there was a tradition called "telling the bees" that people would do upon the death of someone who kept bees. It is exactly as it sounds. The bees had to be told of the loss. It was an amazing show of respect for the little insects that are so important to human survival as they pollinate many of our food crops and provide us with their honey.
Veteran's Day is a time to remember those members of the military who died in war. World War I officially ended at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In the years shortly thereafter the date became Veteran's Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in countries of the British Commonwealth. Red remembrance poppies are a symbol for the loss of human life. But humans were not the only ones lost. Animals lost in the service of war are now remembered with purple poppies.
America rocks! We have created the airplane, Xbox, automobile, internet
and a whole bunch of other awesome goodies for everyone around the world
to enjoy. Unfortunately, the rest of the world also has to deal with
our invasive species too…
Is it crazy to try to sail the Atlantic on a raft? Maybe. Is it nuts to take such a chance? Perhaps. Is it totally insane to take two kittens with you for the trip? Yep! All of this actually happened in 1956 when a raft named the L'Égaré II was towed out of the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia and set adrift with four men and two cats on board. The feline crew members were Puce and Guiton.
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