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Aislinn Faye
post Oct 28 2005, 02:13 AM
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I don't know if this issue was addressed last year...When the 4th of July came about I asked about what the English did then ( I think I replied "Get pissy", in good humour ofcourse).

Though seriously, do you guys just go about like its another day... or do you guys start riots over the last can of cranberry sauce on the shelf? America has a tendency to turn every holiday into a commercial/get-out-of-school thing. Though orginally it was an American holiday..it turned more into general Thanksgiving (though thanks for what, I still don't know). Kinda like Easter...for the longest time when I was a child, I thought it was all about the Easter Bunny, eggs, and chocolate. So yeah, what do the British do on the 4th Thursday of November?

dry.gif That's another annoying thing... there's no set date..what is up with that?

Edit: Britain*...right? ::cries:: I don't know...(maybe this would be a good time to ask the great Mata, for those of us who can't spell, if in his power he might create a spell check, eh? eh? c'mon, you know you wanna.)

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post Oct 28 2005, 03:49 AM
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They don't do a thing. As far as I know, only other country with a holiday specifically called "Thanksgiving" other than us is Canada, and theirs has already passed (it's in October).

The third Thursday in November being Thanksgiving is just an American thing, as far as I know.

Also, yes, it's spelled Britain. tongue.gif


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post Oct 28 2005, 07:39 AM
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Remember that Thanksgiving is based on historical things happening in North America smile.gif Be a bit weird for us to celebrate them.


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post Oct 28 2005, 12:45 PM
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I don't even know when it is. I know the Canadian one's gone, but the no idea when the American one is.


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post Oct 28 2005, 12:46 PM
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Aislinn mentions it in her post, T tongue.gif

We get Bonfire Night. That's better than Thanksgiving, because it has fire.


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post Oct 28 2005, 12:49 PM
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post Oct 28 2005, 12:54 PM
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Why do Americans assume that their holidays are global? Gah.

I was once asked if we have any Indian reservations in England. "For all the Native Americans we have?" I mean, really. Just think about these things before asking.


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post Oct 28 2005, 01:08 PM
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In fairness, if we didn't already have a celebration at the time then I'm pretty sure a card-manufacturer would work out a way to import it.


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post Oct 28 2005, 01:11 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Oct 28 2005, 01:46 PM)
Aislinn mentions it in her post, T tongue.gif

We get Bonfire Night. That's better than Thanksgiving, because it has fire.
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Ah yeah, I sorta zoned out when I saw the July date thing. Odd time of year to be having fireworks if you ask me.


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post Oct 28 2005, 02:28 PM
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QUOTE (Wookiee @ Oct 28 2005, 05:54 AM)
Why do Americans assume that their holidays are global? Gah.
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We don't. Not all of us, anyway.

You'll find that you get silly questions from people no matter their country of origin, as well. I got some really great ones while I was in the UK about America. wink.gif

And Thanksgiving has fire, sometimes. It's just not intentional. There were something like 30-40 housefires last year from mishaps with attempting to deep fry turkeys. unsure.gif It's apparently a rather tricky art....as one would expect when deep frying something that is as large as a toddler, I guess....?


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post Oct 28 2005, 03:16 PM
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Thanks for that final image Cand!

Deep frying a whole turkey? I find that wrong on so many levels...


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post Oct 28 2005, 03:25 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Oct 28 2005, 04:16 PM)
Thanks for that final image Cand!

Deep frying a whole turkey? I find that wrong on so many levels...
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post Oct 28 2005, 03:51 PM
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QUOTE (Novander @ Oct 28 2005, 11:25 AM)
QUOTE (Mata @ Oct 28 2005, 04:16 PM)
Thanks for that final image Cand!

Deep frying a whole turkey? I find that wrong on so many levels...
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Which is odd, because I find it right on so many levels
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Eh, I agree with Mata. The first time I heard of people deep frying their turkeys I thought they were insane. Acctually, I still think they're insane! Its a waste of oil, only the outside of the turkey will be crispy and yummy, and its dangerous!

Oh well.... americans will be americans.... we're all crazy laugh.gif


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post Oct 28 2005, 04:09 PM
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QUOTE (candice @ Oct 28 2005, 02:28 PM)
deep frying something that is as large as a toddler, I guess....?
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Deep fried toddler you say? Now that's progress!

I always thought it'd be funny to run around with a bunch of English people wearing red coats on the 4th July, trying to scare Americans. Just to see what would happen.....probably with body armour..... unsure.gif


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post Oct 28 2005, 04:43 PM
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QUOTE (Sir_Psycho_Sexy @ Oct 28 2005, 09:09 AM)
I always thought it'd be funny to run around with a bunch of English people wearing red coats on the 4th July,  trying to scare Americans. Just to see what would happen.....probably with body armour..... unsure.gif
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Hee! They'd probably just laugh and be amused, so you could probably leave the armor at home tongue.gif Though...it might also come in handy due to how popular the deep frying your whole turkey thing is becoming.

Also, you're welcome, Mata! tongue.gif I thought it was a nice touch, myself. And I agree with deep frying a turkey being wrong on so many levels. As if there wasn't ENOUGH overindulgence in that holiday...now we're soaking the main course in oil for an hour?

Oh well, my family doesn't do deep fried turkeys, and I would escape it even if they did due to being vegetarian and not even eating the normal variety. I eat tofurkey instead, and I don't think it'd take to deep frying even if I wanted to do so. I think I'd end up with a pan full of oil and soy bits. Errmmm...everyone grab a spoon?

(Wow, I just managed to gross myself out with the thought of eating that!)


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mmm deep fried turkey. Almost as good as deep fried chocolate bars.

I've never heard of deep fried turkey's starting a fire, but I did see one hit a car once.


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post Oct 28 2005, 05:59 PM
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May be a ridiculous question- but do Australians have a Thanksgiving equivalent? And do they celebrate Bonfire night as it was a plot to overthrow the British government? (Well, there are conspiracy theories at this point...)


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No, Thanksgiving is only celebrated in North America. However there are a lot of places that have harvest festivals, which are basically the same thing...just without the historical event stuff added in. I think I get where you got the idea, since people went over there on ships and stuff and encountered people already living there as well (though the ones sent over from England were prisoners, were they not?)...but as far as I know there was no feasting and giving thanks going on together after surviving the first winter and all that stuff. Which makes sense, because an American/Canadian winter is going to likely be considerably less warm than an Australian one.

According to this, however, they used to celebrate bonfire night. But it also says that some areas of the US celebrate it, and I haven't met an American yet who even knows what it is!


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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Oct 28 2005, 12:46 PM)
We get Bonfire Night. That's better than Thanksgiving, because it has fire.


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QUOTE (Kitty @ Oct 28 2005, 03:51 PM)
Eh, I agree with Mata. The first time I heard of people deep frying their turkeys I thought they were insane.


In scotland, they deep fry Mars bars. Mars bars. How to destroy your entire circulatory system in one fell swoop.

Also... When I was at a C of E primary school, we celebrated the Harvest festival, but it certainly wasn't a get-out-of-school thing. We just spent an afternoon at the church and did this whole religious service thing. There were special hymns and stuff! happy.gif


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You people have clearly never tasted the wonder that is deep-fried Oreos. biggrin.gif


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I remember watching a documentary where a news crew visited a Native American reserve. They asked the people there if they celebrated Thanksgiving.

The reply was something along the lines of, "Do you celebrate the Nazis?"

The news crew weren't very spritely after that.


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QUOTE (voices_in_my_head @ Oct 28 2005, 09:58 PM)
You people have clearly never tasted the wonder that is deep-fried Oreos. biggrin.gif
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QUOTE ({Gothic Angel} @ Oct 28 2005, 09:23 PM)
Also... When I was at a C of E primary school, we celebrated the Harvest festival, but it certainly wasn't a get-out-of-school thing. We just spent an afternoon at the church and did this whole religious service thing. There were special hymns and stuff! happy.gif
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QUOTE ({Gothic Angel} @ Oct 28 2005, 04:23 PM)
In scotland, they deep fry Mars bars. Mars bars. How to destroy your entire circulatory system in one fell swoop.

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They'd probably do that here too, but they dont sell Mars Bars on the east coast for some strange reason....

QUOTE (voices_in_my_head @ Oct 28 2005, 05:58 PM)
You people have clearly never tasted the wonder that is deep-fried Oreos. biggrin.gif
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Nope! Do you dip it in batter first??
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They'd probably do that here too, but they dont sell Mars Bars on the east coast for some strange reason....


They do, they're just very difficult to find. Them and Whatchamacallits are among the candy bars that I love, but can rarely find. And down the shore in Jersey, you can get nearly everything deepfried, it's wonderful smile.gif


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