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Old November 26th, 2009, 03:40 PM   #11
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Default 32 Bizarre and Fascinating Facts about Thanksgiving

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Old November 26th, 2009, 03:57 PM   #12
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Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Let's celebrate stealing land from the native Americans, exposing them to syphillis and various other diseases and putting them onto reservations.

So, let's all give thanks!!!

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Old November 26th, 2009, 03:59 PM   #13
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Itís probably because cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America, making them a significant part of American heritage.

What are the other two ?
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Old November 26th, 2009, 04:01 PM   #14
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JT:

You've got it backwards,brudda....syphilis was already here. The Flintstones gave it Whitey.

However edemic the New World may have been, it may have harbored one bug that did kill a lot of Europeans: syphilis. The question remains controversial. The first known cases of syphilis showed up in Italy in 1494, and we know what happened in 1492. Many believe the Spanish contracted syphilis in Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and gave it to the Italians and French at the siege of Naples. Bone damage characteristic of syphilis found at preColumbian New World archaeological sites supports this view. But others say syphilis was merely an old European disease that prior to 1500 had been improperly diagnosed. Even if it did originate in the Americas, syphilis was little enough payback for the disaster visited on the original inhabitants of the Americas by the subsequent ones.

Awwww....did mean old Whitey take away the land fwom the widdle Indians? Pass the potatoes.....

Turkeys are also considered among the dumbest animals of 'em all, next to liberal Whites. Its said that turkeys will on occasion drown by looking up during a rainfall.

Thats why they're the State animal of Texas.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 04:06 PM   #15
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Hey Howard,

Excuse my little mistake. My roommate (who is a history teacher) also corrected me on the syphillis thing. In fact, the Natives exposed it to us, and we gave them smallpox.
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Not a problem JT. A lot of people think Indians were straight out of a fairy tale free of diseases and all that. Not your fault. I heard the same stuff when I was in school too.

recent research suggests that Native Americans lacked "genetic diversity"--bluntly put, that they were inbred, virtually the entire indigenous population of the Americas having descended from just four (4) women--or at least four groups of closely related women.
We also know that a virus you contract from a family member is far more likely to be fatal than one you get from a total stranger. That's because the family-bred virus has already figured out your clan's genetic code and thus can evade your natural defenses. Since Native Americans were all close cousins (at least compared to Europeans), a virus that killed one would pretty much kill them all.
In short, American Indians were more vulnerable not simply because they had been exposed to fewer diseases, as I argued, but also because they had been exposed to fewer humans. They were exposed to plenty of both once European settlers arrived.

from The Straight Dope website.


I just wanted the wagonburners to get some credit where credit was due.

Have a good one today buddy.

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My roommate (who is a history teacher) also corrected me on the syphilis thing. In fact, the Natives exposed it to us, and we gave them smallpox.
That's called international trade, JtR.

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Hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America, What are the other two ?
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