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Today is American Thanksgiving so, no matter where you live, take a turkey to lunch this week. If someone takes you to lunch, well, you figure it out. Gobble, gobble ………..

  • The European settlers who were present at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 thought the Native Americans were wild Israelites who had lost their civilized ways.
  • The first prehistoric creature that resembles a modern day turtle has been discovered.
  • A Bigfoot-sized ape lived alongside humans. They may still live along humans.
  • Homo erectus munched on crunchy, brittle and tough foods, while other early humans seemed to favor softer fare.
  • Archaeologists find 4,500-year-old fortune-telling instruments.
  • Nubia’s black Pharaohs.
  • Mass grave yields Mayan secrets.
  • Ancient campsites on the coast of Cyprus may be the earliest evidence of long-distance, open-water seafaring in the Mediterranean, undermining beliefs that ancient mariners never ventured into open seas.
  • Earth’s continents most likely were in place soon after the planet was formed, overturning a long-held theory that the early planet was either moon-like or dominated by oceans.
  • So which country is the most violent in the world? America, right? Wrong. Strap on your kilt and guess again.
  • Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a U.S. citizen, was convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to assassinate President George W. Bush and providing support to the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.
  • A Malaysian man sought help from a medium to rid him of a female ghost whom he said had demanded sex from him every night for the past sixteen years. So what’s the problem?
  • Its scent has drawn comparisons to garbage and spoiled meat, but that isn’t stopping crowds from flocking to see — and smell the Amorphophallus titanum plant, nicknamed ‘corpse plant’ for its rank smell.
  • What do Aussies do when they’re bored and stupid? They destroy a town, of course.
  • Newton beats Einstein in a new poll. What’s your opinion?
  • Psychic researchers under code name ‘The Zener Project’ seek to win $1 million dollar prize offered by the James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. Would you like to join them?
  • Understanding bird flu: Origins of bird flu.
  • There are those that fear the success of science. Some are fundamentalists; others are regular readers of TDG.
  • Mysterious bogs pose lethal danger to Russian mushroom-pickers.
  • Mysterious tears of blood that have appeared on a statue of the Virgin Mary at a church in California (with video).
  • A place called Mormon Mesa was alleged to be an UFO landing spot before Area 51 existed.
  • Angels in UFO’s? The Bible’s Secret Messages.
  • Biologist and blogger PZ Myres speaks out about the war on science, intelligent design, and the sexual habits of giant squid in The Mad Scientist.
  • Is the sun heating up?
  • A cloning pioneer faces rising controversy.
  • A rare eruption has caused an island to grow.
  • To the American Indians who hold them sacred, the seven rocks in the way of Paseo del Norte’s westward expansion aren’t inanimate stones. They’re alive. They’re connections to their sacred earth that can’t be replicated 100 feet away.
  • A US physicist has an idea that will make the atom-based quantum computers look passé before anyone has even built a full-size one. He is suggesting that bubbles of electrons in ultra-cold liquid helium could be used to build a quantum computer capable of carrying out 1030 calculations all at once.
  • Einstein’s dark energy accelerates the universe.
  • Britain must spend more on its space industry or risk being left behind and losing vital skills.
  • Water could stay liquid on Mars.
  • The Hayabusa space probe landed successfully on its asteroid target despite the initial announcement of a failure.
  • The launch window is almost open for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, destined to visit Pluto and and the Kuiper Belt—a distant district of ancient, icy, rocky objects on the solar system’s outer banks.
  • The journey to Mars will require astronauts to grow their own food. They probably won’t grow a corpse plant.
  • Astronauts aboard the ISS will a Thanksgiving meal of pre-sliced and irradiated turkey, freeze-dried mashed potatoes and green beans, and thermostable blueberry cobbler.

Quote of the Day

Once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience.

Sadi the Gulistan