A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 11/26/2009

Happy Thanksgiving

isnt that special

isn't that special

Thanksgiving is probably one of my favorite holidays, partially for the food (nom nom nom) but also because it’s one of the only holidays that has meaning I can really identify with. Of course, it’s origins are kind of crappy, considering some think that the Pequot Massacre of 1637 spurred the first Thanksgiving (an interesting article on that here) but I think the meaning that it takes on today is really nice. We live in such a materialistic culture and taking time to give thanks for what’s real in your life seems like a really nice to tradition to me. Of course, that’s hoping you don’t take part in Black Friday madness…that kind of cancels out repenting for materialism on Thanksgiving.

Anyway…what am I thankful for? Well, I have a pretty amazing life. My family rocks. They love and support me, which is evident when they tell people with pride that I have a blog called “The FBomb” which, without explanation, makes me sound like a hooligan of epic proportions. Of course, they always explain further, which sometimes leads to even worse reactions as not everybody in the world is open-minded. For that, and many other reasons, I am thankful for my family.

And I am thankful for you guys. You all teach me so much. You support me when I’m right, call me out when I’m wrong (sorry) and basically just make me a better person. Seriously though, starting the FBomb is by far the thing I am most proud of in my life and now am most thankful for. It’s been great for me, and I hope it’s been as great for you.

In the thanksgiving spirit, please feel free to leave what you’re most thankful for in the comments. If that’s not too sappy for you.

Now…SOME THANKSGIVING RANDOM FACTS! History.com is totally my go to site on holidays.

Sarah Josepha Hale, the enormously influential magazine editor and author who waged a tireless campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the mid-19th century, was also the author of the classic nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

The National Turkey Federation estimated that 46 million turkeys—one fifth of the annual total of 235 million consumed in the United States in 2007—were eaten at Thanksgiving. (Let’s hear it for those of you who are going for the Tofurkey!)

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust. (I am proud to be an Ohioan)

Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade.

Happy Thanksgiving (American) FBombers!

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  • Zoe @ at 12:00 pm, November 26th, 2009

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    I’m thankful for my family. Cliche as it is, it’s become apparent to me since going to college that I’ve been blessed with a loving family that I am happy to spend time with. Also, I’m thankful for the few but dedicated friends that I have. And, I’m thankful that I managed to get my health care back. As a diabetic, this is critical. I’m lucky that I am able to get Medicaid and that I don’t have to pay for my medications out of pocket.

    I live a privileged life and I am thankful for this.

  • Kati @ at 6:55 pm, November 26th, 2009

    I’m thankful for my family, and equally for the fact that they just went home!

    I’m thankful that Dad has another job. I’m thankful that the rest of us are employed as well.

  • Alex Catgirl @ at 7:08 pm, November 26th, 2009

    Meow! =(^.^)=

    Thanksgiving is my least favourite holiday for a bunch of reasons…like not being American…frown on genociding indigenous peoples, don’t believe in imaginary gawds have no tolerance for the faithful, can’t stand the military and militarism…. Oh and I’ve never liked food ever since I was a little girl so the sight off all that food or people pigging out on it triggers my urge to purge.

    BUT we can make it a feminist thanksgiving.

    I’m thankful for all the feminists that came before us and all the thing they have handed us on a silver plater. Were it not for their struggles and efforts we could be confined to being wives and mothers which is a fate I consider worse than death.

    Oh and all you girls who like food have Julie as a spokesperson, those of us who don’t like food have to rally around Kate Moss, who isn’t bad but not nearly as kewl as Julie.

  • Helen H. @ at 8:20 pm, November 26th, 2009

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it :). Everyone else, myself included, here’s to a great weekend.

    At this exact moment, I’m thankful for whatever is left of my sanity, Tori Amos’s ‘American Doll Posse’, and the handful of books that I could reread until I die.

  • Toongrrl @ at 12:56 am, November 27th, 2009

    I’m thankful for you Julie, u are an inspiration for all young feminists and I wished I was as confident as you are in high school.
    I am also thankful for Rachel Maddow, the most intelligent, sassy, sophisticated, kindest, most beautiful women in the whole universe. I just wish I was with her (*swoon*)

  • K8 AH @ at 9:22 pm, November 27th, 2009

    Happy Thanksgiving!I am thankful for my awesome family, and to have a husband that is also my best friend that I get to tour around this great country and make music with. I am thankful for my incredible endocrinologist who keeps me supplied with insulin as I am ALSO diabetic, but don’t have Health Insurance! Hey Zoe, are you on Juvenation.org? I am thankful that Julie Z. created the fbomb, you are the teenager that I wish I had been!

  • Emery @ at 12:19 pm, November 29th, 2009

    I’m thankful for my mom and dad. I don’t have any siblings, and despite some tensions in my relationship with my parents, I know they love me and will always be there for me. When it feels like one of my friends isn’t holding up her or his end of the friendship, or I just don’t have the energy to do everything that I should, they are unconditionally understanding and helpful. My dad has the most durable patience in the world, and my mom could not have been a better role model for me.

    Also, I know that money isn’t everything, but I’m thankful that my parents can support me so well financially. Even though I often feel frustrated with my lack of financial independence, I am incredibly lucky to have my entire undergraduate education paid for, as well as many more things.

    Last, I’m grateful for my friends. I have had strong, supportive, kind friends my entire life, and I feel particularly grateful for them. They are my strength and they are always there for me. They get me through rough times and in only the good ways they are my sisters (and a couple brothers.) On the days that I am incapable of loving myself, they will always do so.

  • Rose @ at 2:19 am, December 6th, 2009

    Thats so cool. I love this post u write…Will email some of my friends who interested in this…Thanks.

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