Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Peaked at Tony Sarg

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

I dislike Macy’s (for numerous reasons I need not detail here) and am bored by parades, but when I came across this image of an early balloon from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I thought it was so cool it must be fake:

Turns out that not only is it real, but it was among the very first balloons featured in the parade, and was designed by a man named Tony Sarg:

In 1921, Tony Sarg, a celebrated illustrator and puppeteer, bought a home on Nantucket and eventually opened a toy store in town. From his off-island studios nestled in Times Square, Sarg’s artwork appeared on the covers of magazines, on the pages of children’s books, and eventually in Macy’s department store window displays. Beginning in 1924, Macy’s held an annual Christmas parade to celebrate the holiday shopping season in New York City, and appointed Tony Sarg as its chief designer.

After three years of the Christmas Parade, in November 1927, the president of Macy’s, Jesse Strauss, announced to America that the parade was going to take it up a notch, way up. The press and the people of New York City swelled with anticipation, all waiting to see what Tony Sarg had in mind. At one o’clock, Thanksgiving Day 1927, Sarg unveiled his lofty creations—first a twenty-one-foot balloon man that peeked into second story windows and then a jaw-dropping sixty-foot-long balloon dragon. The balloons were a huge hit, and have been the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving Day Parade ever since.

Later he used the same balloon (or a modified version of it) to hoax the media that there was a sea serpent out on Nantucket. What a card.

Anyway, I don’t think Macy’s has had a balloon in the parade nearly as interesting since.

Insert your own (SFW) Man from Nantucket limerick below.

Colin Furze’s Insane (Yet Functional) Turkey Cooking Device

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

This is from last year, but I thought it would be perfect to save for Thanksgiving.

Bon appetit, and Happy Thanksgiving!

The Annual William Shatner Warning Not To Set Yourself on Fire Frying a Turkey

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

In the now-annual tradition, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

Behold the Shatner!

For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Use the metal dingus to lower it in.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    The Annual William Shatner Warning Not To Set Yourself on Fire Frying a Turkey

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

    In the now-annual tradition, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

    Behold the Shatner!

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Use the metal dingus to lower it in.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    The Annual William Shatner Warning Not To Set Yourself on Fire Frying a Turkey

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

    In the now-annual tradition, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    William Shatner’s Annual Warning Not To Set Yourself On Fire Frying a Turkey

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

    Just as I’ve done the last two Thanksgivings, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    The remix!

    Mythbusters Public Service Announcement: Avoid Dropping Frozen Turkeys

    Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

    Another Thanksgiving-related Public Service announcement: Try to avoid dropping a frozen turkey on your foot or your pets. You know, just in case you were planning on doing that for grins. At the very least you might want to wear shoes when you pull that sucker out of the freezer.

    From the title, I was hoping they would recreate the turkey drop episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, but no such luck.

    William Shatner Would STILL Like You To Avoid Setting Yourself on Fire

    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

    Just as I did last year, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey:

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    And now, new for this year: The remix!

    And remember: It can even happen to professionals, as last year Sambet’s Cajun Cafe managed to burn themselves down frying turkeys.

    Classic Thanksgiving Traditions

    Thursday, November 25th, 2010

    Watching the turkey drop episode of WKRP in Cincinnati.

    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly

    Thursday, November 26th, 2009

    The classic “Turkey Drop” episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, in its entirety, via Hulu.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!