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Celery and Olives Dominated Thanksgiving for Nearly 100 Years—Until They Didn’t

I just bought celery and olives yesterday. I always buy them for Thanksgiving, but rarely any other time of the year. Olives are a special treat, and the adults in my family love them. I use celery in my cornbread dressing, and the rest of the stalk is served alone or stuffed. However, I did not know that the two were traditional on everyone’s Thanksgiving tables for almost a century, and then faded out in the 1970s. It all started when fresh produce began to be transported across the country to be enjoyed whatever the season.

The pairing of the two was both a result of the fact that they were introduced and made readily available around the same time and they served a similar purpose: both celery and olives were palate cleansers, and ones that didn’t require a servant.

“People were looking for a palate cleanser in between Thanksgiving’s richer courses,” explained [Rick] Rodgers. “At a family meal where you don’t have servants, the tray of celery and olives could be put on the table and you didn’t need a servant to serve a sorbet course.”

Advertising played a big part, too. Celery and olives eventually became “traditional” at Thanksgiving. But what happened in the 1970s to change that? Read the entire story of celery and olives on the Thanksgiving menu at boston.com.

Will your Thanksgiving table have olives and celery?




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Puppy Swims With Dolphins in Chance Encounter

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This remarkable footage shot by Arriane Christie captured her ten-month-old puppy Jackie enthusiastically joining several dolphins for a swim off the coast of Wellington's Bay in Whangarei, New Zealand. In her video description, Arriane said she thought the dolphins swam up to meet the pup. She said in an interview,

"I think she just wanted to know what they were. I think they were just wanting to play. Jackie was in the shallows and they came right up to her. 

I was a little bit nervous to start with because I thought one whack of their tails and she (Jackie) could be knocked out. 

The three dolphins swum around the area for about 40 minutes. They were a good size, probably up to two metres long. 



Jackie was in and out of the water, watching for when the dolphins came closer.

When she wasn't in the water she was fully focused on them. If I walked in front of her she dodged out of the way so she could see them again. 

They (the dolphins) were messing with her a little bit, going really slow and then when she caught up they would speed up and then circle around her."

What an exciting experience for all three species! -Via Arbroath

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Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

For decades, visitors to Los Angeles have tried their best to go see the famous Hollywood sign up close. It’s not easy to get to, involves quite a bit of walking, and the view isn’t great when you get there. But they keep coming, and the people who live there keep trying to stop them.

By 2011 the anti-tourist rhetoric reached a fever pitch, with homeowners mounting a vicious campaign threatening visitors, who, unsurprisingly, just kept coming. Some neighbors painted their curbs red (illegally) to discourage parking and tacked up more signs (illegally) warning against trespassing. In a vacant lot, someone took the time to build a full-on piece of land art that seemed to echo the large white letters in the distance: TOURISTS GO AWAY.

And now, although the location is correct on maps, if you request directions to the Hollywood sign from Google Maps (or several other services), you get directions to one of two “observation points” that are not near the sign. You can’t really blame the neighbors for being tired of tourists parking on and blocking their streets constantly, but the idea that a small number of homeowners have the clout to dictate policy to Google Maps, Apple Maps, Bing, and the GPS service Garmin is a little unsettling. Get a rundown of how it happened in an article at Gizmodo.  -via Metafilter


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27 Fun Recipes Made With Tater Tots

Behold the almighty tater tot- the best tasting food product shaped like a tiny barrel.

Whether they’re fried, baked or microwaved they always end up tasting like hot potato goodness, and the fact that they’re easy to pop in your mouth by the handful makes them a big hit with the snack packs.

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Nowadays people are going all fancy feast with their tater tots, piling cheese and other delicious stuff on top to make totchos supreme, or laying them on top of a casserole to add the perfect amount of tot-ness to an already delicious dish.

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Tater tot fans are in for a treat, because BuzzFeed has put together a collection of 27 Tater Tot Recipes That Will Change Your Life, grab a bag of spud barrels and give your taste buds a treat!

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The 10 Commandments of the Cafeteria

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Welcome to your college dining experience. Food Service Manager Brad Green has a list of rules that will make everything work, and if you follow them, you will also avoid getting punched in the face, or heaven forbid, being beat down by Wanda’s Army. This video is from Kentucky Christian University, but they apply to just about any cafeteria: don’t waste food, don’t be nasty, and don’t make life difficult for the people around you. These are things anyone old enough to go to college should know, but a little reminder doesn't hurt. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Hari-Kuyo: The Japanese Memorial Service for Broken Needles


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Scholar Nicholas S. Anderson writes that in Japanese folklore, household objects become ensouled upon reaching the age of 100. The older a tool is, the more spirit is endowed within it. One result of this belief is an annual funerary ritual called Hari-Kuyo. On February 8 of every year, Japanese women gather at temples and place their broken or worn-out needles into tofu

At the end of the New Year’s festivities, just as the hard work of the coming year is to begin once more, women gather at Buddhist temples with their worn-out pins and needles to offer them up in large blocks of tofu or jelly, adorned with ribbons and accompanied by the prayer chants of the temple monks. They show their gratitude and reverence for the collaborative work these things put into the labour performed by the human women. It is not only a utilitarian bond, but a personal and affective one, as well, a sympathy sutured by confidence and secrecy, as many women put their painful thoughts and feelings into the tools and entrust them to the gods.

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Apparently Richard Pryor Invented Black Metal

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Have you ever wondered where those Black Metal bands got their signature spikes and face paint style?

KISS seems like an obvious source, or King Diamond or more recently Marilyn Manson, but according to this video footage from 1977 they should all thank Richard Pryor for teaching them how to be truly hardcore.

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Pryor’s short lived NBC series The Richard Pryor Show featured a sketch where Pryor plays the lead singer of a band called Black Death, who puts on a wicked metal show that really knocks the audience dead!

Was Richard Pryor able to see the state of metal over twenty years later like some sort of precognitive musical genius? Nah, he probably just thought theatrical metal bands like KISS were super silly and bound to get even sillier, and boy was he was right! -Via Dangerous Minds

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Fun With Guns: The Art of the Arcade Target

There are objects from bygone eras that most of us have never even heard of, yet someone somewhere will be a collector and an expert on them. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were arcade games in which one could shoot actual live ammo from a .22 rifle to test your skill and win prizes. That seems thoroughly daft now, but it happened, and the targets were made of cast iron to withstand the beating they took. Richard and Valerie Tucker, the authors of Step Right Up!: Classic American Arcade and Target Forms, collect these targets, and can tell you some wild stories about those old arcades.

Of the few galleries that have survived, the stories of how they were discovered are similarly intriguing. One shooting gallery in Ohio was revealed during a restaurant remodel. The gallery, which proved to be in full working order, had been boarded up behind a wall. “So now Richard and I are going all over the country trying to tear down walls,” Valerie says.

The Tuckers found one, too, but restoring it and setting it up for public use proved unworkable. “At one time, we found a complete gallery out at Coney Island,” Richard remembers. “It was another one of these stories where the gallery had been boarded up and was behind a wall. We thought we might buy it because we had a friend who ran a country-western honky-tonk in Fort Worth. We were going to put the gallery in his honky-tonk, but those conversations quickly came to an end because nobody wanted to accept the responsibility and potential liability behind it.” Apparently, even in open-carry Texas, the prospect of handing loaded weapons to patrons of a bar was simply too much.

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There, wolf. There, castle - The Sights And Sounds Of Old Transylvania

There, wolf. There, castle by Benares

It's easy to get a bit discombobulated when you arrive in Transylvania, but don't lose your young head! Listen to old pop eyed Igor and keep track of what's important- there wolf, there castle. Wolves don't like to hang around in castles, and castles try to steer clear of those stinkin' wolves, but where can Frankenstein's creature be found? He's usually hanging around town enjoying a tea party and some polite conversation, that is until the pitchforks and torches come out...

Share your love of classic horror comedies with this There, wolf. There, castle t-shirt by Benares, it's a real humdinger!

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Two Orphaned Wallaby Joeys Become Friends

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Two orphaned wallaby joeys named Gough and Salvador nuzzle and sniff each other as they meet for the first time on a crash course in wallaby friendship. The joeys are in the care of staff at Daintree Wonder Tours in North Queensland, Australia. 

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Predatory Glow Worms Found In Peruvian Amazon


Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer found something very unusual in the Peruvian rain forest: little glowing green dots. They were larva, and they appeared to have teeth! So far, the species has not been clearly identified, and it may even be a new species. Continue reading to learn more about this mysterious but showy glow worm and its lifestyle, in pictures and video.
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Evil Baby Glare-Off



Manhattan, New York-based blogger Mommy Shorts had a contest to find the baby that looks most likely to bite your head off. It's called the "Evil Baby Glare-Off,' and it pits the mugs of 32 finalists against each other to select the biggest baby badass. See all of the funny, 32 finalist shots here. The winners have already been selected; see the post about the winners here.  

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Why Do We Have More Boys Than Girls?

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There are 106 baby boys born for every 100 baby girls. The folks from MinuteEarth tell us why, as far as we know, in this video. However, the sex imbalance is more severe than birth statistics indicate, and varies over time and place. They offer reasons for that, too. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Super Rhinos and Other Surreal Animals by Khairullah Rahim

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Khairullah Rahim, an artist in Singapore, shows rhinoceroses, dinosaurs, elephants, and other enormous animals engaging in unusual activities. In an interview for Moda, he describes these as his "everyday animals" that occupied his mind when he was a child.

Rahim's depiction of rhinos as superheroes and villains are particularly striking. Continue reading to view more.

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These 80s Inspired T-Shirts Are Totally Rad To The Max!

The 1980s brought us some of the most beloved movies in geekdom, great Saturday morning cartoons, awesome toy lines, amazing video games and some of the gnarliest fashion trends ever. It's no wonder so many of the artists we feature in the NeatoShop have a lot of love for that totally rad decade.

Here are thirty-some-odd t-shirts inspired by the awesomest decade ever- the 1980s. If you see something you like grab it between November 24-27th and worldwide shipping is free!

Purveyors of pop culture weren't messin' around in the 80s:

1980 Strikes Back by Omar Feliciano

Michael Jackson was busy taking the world by storm:

Random Access Michael by HyperNerd Creative

Movies and video games were busting through barriers in a big way:

8-Bit Ghostbusting by Lafar

And cartoons were bringin' the noise like never before:

80s Cartoon B-Boys & Girls by TopNotchy

For some, being a cool kid meant having all the latest gear and gadgets:

80s Power! by Louisros

For others, cool was a state of mind:

Adventures In Sidekick Sitting by Ninjaink

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What Happens When You Eat Too Much?

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As we prepare for a particularly American holiday centered around the custom of eating ourselves into a coma, we might want to learn more about what’s going on in our bodies. Why do we feel so full after Thanksgiving dinner? Because we ate too much. But that’s just the beginning. Watch this video from the American Chemical Society now, so you’ll have time to forget the unpleasantness of the situation before the turkey hits the table. And remember, when you can’t eat any more, there’s always leftovers for tomorrow!  -Thanks, Elaine Seward!


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Twenty Facts About Turkeys



On Thanksgiving, the odds are high that a turkey will be laid out on many of our dinner tables. How do you all feel about turkey? Is a roasted bird something you look forward to or something you avoid? Do you have any turkey-free Thanksgiving traditions? What dish do you most eagerly anticipate this year? Comment away. 

But first, here are twenty facts about turkeys that you may not be aware of. One fact is, to female turkeys, size matters. Snood size, to be exact. The snood is the long, red protuberance hanging off of the turkey's beak in the picture above. A study in the Journal of Avian Biology reports that female turkeys prefer their male counterparts to have long snoods; snood length can also predict the winner of a competition between two males. I wonder if some poor guy turkeys suffer from snood insecurity? That's some insult to add to the injury of being eaten on T-day. 

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Studying Dog Brains

Research into how dogs think is yielding some amazing results, although a lot of it just confirms what we already thought from behavior observation, but did not know for sure. What’s amazing is how its done. Imagine putting a dog in an MRI machine.

The most direct brain-based evidence that dogs are hopelessly devoted to humans comes from a recent neuroimaging study about odor processing in the dog brain. Animal cognition scientists at Emory University trained dogs to lie still in an MRI machine and used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure their neural responses to the smell of people and dogs, both familiar and unknown. Because dogs navigate the world through their noses, the way they process smell offers a lot of potential insight into social behavior.

The scientists found that dog owners' aroma actually sparked activation in the "reward center" of their brains, called the caudate nucleus. Of all the wafting smells to take in, dogs actually prioritized the hint of humans over anything or anyone else.

Other studies show that dogs process information a lot like people do -and quite differently from what we know of cats and other animals. Read more about canine brain research at at Brain Mic, and do not miss the picture of the good dog waiting for his MRI. -via Metafilter

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This Is Why You Shouldn't Try to Outrun a Grizzly Bear


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This video shows a grizzly bear running in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Can you keep up? The Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-start video) says that grizzly bears can run up to 35 MPH, which is well over Usain Bolt's top speed of 27 MPH.

But as the old joke goes: I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you.


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TAUNTERS - Sons Of Silly People


TAUNTERS by Geekchic Tees

They weren't trained to be warriors, marauders, soldiers or raiders- they were born, bred and built up to be taunters. They shook their stuff in general directions like nobody else could, and when they pull out the big guns and accuse you of having a hamster for a mother their taunt topples even the mighties kings from their silly thrones! They may not be the winning team, but they sure do know how to cause a mental injury with some rough wordplay.

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Melted Cars, Ruined Art, and Other Troubles With Solar Convergence

A building in London wasn’t even finished when it started melting cars around it. The culprit was solar convergence, which happens when too many glass windows reflect solar heat onto the same spot. Fix the spot? That’s not feasible, since the angle of the sun changes both daily and yearly. Fix the building? That’s an expensive proposition.

Surely the building's designer was mortified by the results of his creation, right? Well, no. When architect Rafael Viñoly was questioned about his flawed design, he heartily deflected, blaming consultants, global warming, cost-cutting developers, and the sun's elevation. This was an especially galling disavowal of responsibility because the science of solar reflectivity analysis has been gaining traction for several years. There are many tools, firms, and even apps available to architects and developers to help avoid just this problem. Especially damning for Viñoly is that the "death ray" issue was not actually unprecedented. And the last time a high-profile building had had problems of this nature, it was also one he'd designed.

Solar convergence from modern architecture is not a new problem. The phenomenon is so well-known that there’s even a generator on the French-Spanish border that harnesses its power. Read about how solar convergence problems happen again and again at Atlas Obscura.  

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Photos of a Young Audrey Hepburn Before She Was Famous


Audrey Hepburn, 1939. Photograph by Manon van Suchtelen.

Audrey Hepburn, 1938

Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929, and spent some of her younger years at boarding school in England. During most of World War II, she studied in the Netherlands. Post war, Audrey studied dance, as that was her main interest at the time. She got her first break when cast as a member of the chorus line in a 1948 London production of High Button Shoes.

These rare snapshots of Audrey as a child and young adult were taken between 1929 and 1949. See the rest of the collection here.  

Ella Van Heemstra photographed with her daughter Audrey Hepburn, 1929.


Audrey Hepburn's first passport, 1936

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Whodunit: The Three Stoogles

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

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When the police arrived at Hubert Stoogle's house, the motif seemed to be water. The sprinkler system was going full force, and the owner of the premises was lying dead in his own bathtub.

The man's three nephews lined up on the sun-drenched front porch, each one eager to tell his story.
"Once a week Uncle Hubert had us over for lunch," Stanley Stoogle said. "I parked in the front drive. Uncle wasn't around, so I assumed he was taking his usual soak. As I went into the library, a summer shower passed over. Five minutes later, the sun was out again. It was a few minutes after that when I heard Uncle shouting. Then all the lights sputtered and went out. I went upstairs and found him. Someone had thrown an electric hair dryer into his tub."

"I got here during the shower," volunteered Dick Stoogle. His hair and clothes were still wet. "I parked behind Stanley. Just running up to the porch I got drenched. I was in a downstairs bathroom drying off when I heard the shout and saw the lights go off. When I got up to Uncle's bathroom, Stanley was standing over the tub. A wet hair dyer was in his hand."

Eugene said he arrived last. "The shower was long over. The driveway was full of cars, so I parked by the rear garden. Once inside, I noticed the place was dark. I wandered around, looking for my brothers. Then Stanley came down and told me the news."

The boys all agreed about what happened next. Eugene ran out to move his car. "The darn sprinklers had gone on and the inside of my convertible was soaked." Meanwhile, Stanley went downstairs to replace the blown fuse, and Dick used his cellular phone to call the police.

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Comic Brick Show at Designer Con Presents Comic Book Covers in LEGO

Designer Con 2014 in Los Angeles just wrapped up, but before it did, the "Comic Brick" show was held, in which a number of LEGO lovers recreated popular comic book covers in bricks. The results, some of which are shown here, were way cool. The covers included Star Wars, The Hulk, Superman, Batman and The Walking Dead.

You can see more of the brick art from the Comic Brick show here.

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Seadevil Anglerfish Caught on Video

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We know quite a bit about the anglerfish because it’s so weird that bloggers love to talk about it. But it’s rare to catch footage of one in its natural habitat because they live deep down where there is little sunlight. An ROV from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) recorded this anglerfish at a depth of 600 meters in Monterrey Canyon. Although scientists at MBARI have recorded anglerfish before, they believe this is first time the species Melanocetus, or the Black Seadevil, has been filmed. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Merry Christmas! Now Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli.

Redditor sanofsan writes, “Every christmas my bff and I send cards to random addresses.” Frank provides helpful information in one of them. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get to State Street right now.

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Spaghetti Eating Competition

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Which dog will eat a plate of spaghetti noodles faster: a golden retriever or a German shepherd? Recall the last competition between these breeds of dogs, in which both considered themselves winners for different reasons. Then you can probably guess which dog will win this one, but you may be surprised at the margin of victory. Unless you own that breed, of course.  -via Viral Viral Videos

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Some Of The Worst SkyMall Travel Accessories

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Even though SkyMall was created so people can go shopping for stuff while they travel by airplane they sure do make a lot of stuff that’s not very useful when traveling!

Their strange, and often utterly useless, merchandise has made them a source of amusement for many travelers, who look forward to thumbing through the latest catalog while flying the friendly skies.

Diply put together a list of the 20 Absolute Worst SkyMall Travel Accessories which includes this Releaf Neck Rester, also known as a neck brace:

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This Looq System Adjustable Tablet Tripod , aka a selfie stick, which should never be used inside an airplane because you might put a fellow traveler’s eye out:

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And this ridiculously useless DVD Shield, which isn't very useful whether you're at home or traveling the world because it only seems to work with specific DVD players. Thanks SkyMall!

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Funny Clip from Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 Gag Reel

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Though this is only a brief clip from the full Star Trek TNG final season gag reel, it packs in some good laughs. The full gag reel will be a feature on Season 7's Blu-Ray release, which will be available beginning December 2 of this year. -Via i09


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The Pilgrims in America

The following is an article from Uncle John's Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader

Historical fact: The Pilgrims never called themselves “Pilgrims.” In fact, they weren’t known by that name until the 1840s. Here’s the second part of their story that began last week with Why the Pilgrims Came to America.

CRAMPED CONDITIONS

The Pilgrims finally set off from Plymouth, England, on September 6, 1620, more than a month behind schedule. Historians can only guess as to the Mayflower’s exact exact size and shape (no pictures of her were ever painted), although most agree that she had two decks and three masts. “Considering the proportions of a number of known merchant vessels of the era,” writes William Baker in Colonial Vessels, “the Mayflower might have had a keel length ranging from 52 tp 73 feet, a breadth of 24 to 27 feet and a depth of 10 to 13 feet.” Other historians say she may have been as a long as 90 feet. Even so, that’s roughly the size of a two story, three bedroom house. And that’s what 102 passengers, 25 crew members, two dogs, many cats, and even more rats squeezed into for 66 days on rough and often stormy seas.

The Mayflower was designed to carry cargo, not people, so there were few cots or hammocks to sleep on. Some of the wealthier families paid the ship’s carpenter to build cots, but most of the passengers slept on hard wooden floors on a constantly rocking boat. Seasickness was common. Because people were heading to a new life in an unknown land, they brought along as many of their possessions and rations as they could pack in… which made the living quarters below decks extremely cramped. A few of the passengers even slept in the shallop, a surveying boat that was stowed on the gun deck.

SMOOTH START

The Mayflower II, a replica of the Pilgrims' ship. (Image credit: OldPine)

The first few weeks of the voyage saw relatively calm weather, and the mood among the Pilgrims was good. It is commonly believed that the Pilgrims were a bunch of staid old men who wore black clothes and black hats with buckles. That’s a myth. In reality, there was only one man over 60; the average age was 32; and there were 30 children on board. The Pilgrims even wore colorful clothes; William Bradford, for example, owned a “green gown, violet cloak, lead colored suit with silver buttons, and a red waistcoat.” And unlike the stricter Puritans, the Pilgrims liked to sing and play games.

ROUGH SEAS AND ROUGHER SAILORS

But after those first couple of weeks, the fun came to a stormy end.

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