Thursday, November 23, 2006

Apples and tangerines

Who was the first to celebrate Thanksgiving? Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado is thought to have feasted with some Native Americans in Texas in 1541, in celebration of (and gratitude for) his discovery of food supplies. Some 200 years later, national leaders called for a Thanksgiving feast after a military victory over the Whiskey Rebellion (not to mention the American Revolution and the War of 1812). George Washington even declared the completion of the new constitution worthy of its own Thanksgiving festivities. In the 20th century, Franklin Delano Roosevelt attempted to expand the Christmas shopping season by moving (the already traditional) Thanksgiving a week earlier. But the funniest by far is the group who celebrated what is thought to have been the second Thanksgiving dinner ever:

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With all that fruity goodness, no wonder cranberry sauce became a Thanksgiving staple. The typical canned variety might as well have been created (and packaged) 3 centuries ago, considering its incredible rigidity. In case you've been wondering how strong jellied cranberry sauce really is, it may not be able to support an entire gobbler, but it can hold up more than its weight in pennies:

Carefully, we set paper plates on the tops, and began piling pennies, ten at a time, on the paper plates. We tried to place the pennies evenly around the plate, in order to balance the load. Side-by-side, we continued to pile. With each addition of pennies, the dedicated staff held their collective breaths. It became apparent right away that the jellied sauce would be the stronger. Still we piled, like a backward game of Jenga. At 300, we saw signs of strain on the whole-berries. At 310, it collapsed. The dedicated staff was saddened but also a little relieved. It is hard waiting for the inevitable. The jellied berries fought the good fight, finally falling at 540. The dedicated staff cheered. (

Go figure! Gobble gobble... Happy Thanksgiving!


Joachim said...

shaya, you should sell your artwork for thousands of dollars ~ it's truly got an amazing touch. If you can find a way to market yourself or open a store or something I bet you'd do well!

Perhaps you can sell through ebay? If you got big enough I bet a design company would try to hire you/buy you off haha. hrm..

I particularly like the etched glass - I want to eat it the same way I want to eat my apple lap top. ^^

Shaya said...

Thanks, Achi. I feel that way sometimes about my little brothers.

As for marketing my art, Ebay's a great idea. We're also working on a site ( and hope to have it fully functional sometime this year. There's a simple version up already. Have a look!