HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!


Thaaaaaaaaaaat’s right, it’s almost time for Thanksgiving, and all the traditions that go along with it. Turkey. Pumpkin Pie. Cranberry Sauce. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Shopping on Black Friday (and if that’s what you’re planning, Bits and Bramblers, good luck…although I hear they’re having good sales at some pretty awesome stores…)


Anyway…no matter what you’re planning on doing this Thanksgiving, I hope you eat lots of good food, and have lots of fun with your family and friends!


Now…I was going to leave you with a funny Thanksgiving video, but I couldn’t decide between these two. So in the spirit of the holiday, I’m sharing both of them with you!


The first video answers several important questions. Namely, “What would the first Thanksgiving have been like if Christopher Walken was there?” It also gives you a pretty good idea for what to do if you’re stuck at your Grandma’s tomorrow…look around the room, grab some collectibles, and then create your own Bric-A-Brac Theater!




The next clip is so gross, you can’t help but watch. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you took all of your favorite Thanksgiving foods, threw them in a super powerful blender, and made a sort of…Thanksgiving shake?


I’m seriously hoping the answer to that question was a big ol’ “NO!” But if—for some reason—you said “Yes,” then this clip ought to change your mind. Check out the Thanksgiving Edition of “Will it Blend?”


(SPOILER ALERT: The answer is yes. It will blend. Disgustingly.)



Now that you’ve laughed and you’re completely grossed out…HAVE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BITS AND BRAMBLERS!!!! :)



Brrr…


It’s that time of year for the weather to turn bitter cold. While we’ve been lucky so far, it’s only a matter of time before we get those frigid temperatures, cold winds, and of course, the snow. If you’re one of those people that can’t wait for the snow to fly, check out this book by Graham McNamee, Bonechiller. It will leave you huddling under the blankets.
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O-H-I-O!


So…at a concert in Michigan last week, Bruce Springsteen looked out at the crowd and said, Hello Ohio!”


For some reason, they didn’t like it. The Boss quickly apologized.


The internet was buzzing about it for a couple days, and some of the comments caught my eye. The first person said that if they were in Michigan, they’d deny it, too. Which upset someone else, who said it was stupid to “base the whole thing on a football game.”


Now, first of all…the joke was pretty funny. But more importantly, the whole Michigan VS. Ohio thing? It’s waaaaaay older than football–and I mean “early 19th century” older. See, it all started with the Toledo War. Here’s a completely neutral summary: things were sketchy about who owned the strip of land around Toledo. The U.S. Senate sided with Ohio, but Michigan—who wasn’t even a state yet—just kept whining about it.




Although, it didn’t do them much good, because we all know how the fight ended, right? (Because it’s not Toledo, Michigan, is it?!) But that’s why the two teams are now one of the greatest rivalries in college sports. Because before the first snap of the first game, there was already bad blood between the two. It’s one of those things, Bits and Bramblers. Hardly anyone around here likes both teams, or doesn’t have an opinion. You must choose a side. And hopefully, it’s the right one.


Now, if for some strange reason, you haven’t picked a side, I thought I’d sort of…compare the two schools. In a completely unbiased way, obviously (although, I clearly have a favorite. See, not only am I a fan? I’m an honest-to-goodness alumni of one of the two!) Let’s start with…

  • SCHOOL COLORS: Ohio State’s school colors are scarlet and gray. It’s a great combination, isn’t it? Everyone looks good in red—I’m sure you look great in red. Michigan, on the other hand has blue and corn. Okay, so technically they call it “maize,” but we all know that’s just another word for corn. And that Michigan is apparently too snobby to call it “gold” like everybody else.
  • FOOTBALL COACHES: Ohio State has Jim Tressel, who is a class act, and likes sweater vests. That goes a long way in your book, right? Oh, and he also has “218 career wins; nine national title game appearances; five Big Ten titles; eight bowl appearances; and national championships in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 2002.” The other guy, Rich Rodriguez, is only in his second season at Michigan, but during his time as the head coach of the West Virginia Mountineers, he had a “60-26 record.” He also has a funny hair cut.
  • SCHOOL MASCOTS: Ohio State’s mascot is the buckeye. Buckeyes have a very distinctive look, and grow on pretty trees. They’re also a delightful chocolate peanut-butter dessert. At OSU’s games, Brutus Buckeye is a lot of fun to watch. Michigan’s mascot is the wolverine. Wolverines are “highly territorial,” and have “the ability of defending its food from wolf packs, cougars, and grizzly bears.” There are no cute desserts named after them, and they could attack you at any moment.


Hopefully, you’ve made up your mind by now—you’re either rooting for the Buckeyes, or the…people that like blood thirsty wild animals and corn. If not, you’ve got until exactly 12:00 tomorrow, when the Buckeyes will face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor! I guess it really doesn’t matter who you’re cheering for, Bits and Bramblers…just have fun watching! BUT GO BUCKS!!!!



How Average is YOUR Life?


Sometimes I hate Mondays, Bits and Bramblers…don’t you? Especially icky, overcast, totally average Mondays? Of course you do. There’s no point in lying. But…even in totally average days, you still have fun right?


So check out MyLifeIsAverage, the blog where people post their own funny, totally average moments. Totally anonymous people post random, average moments from their day—everything from deciding whether or not they want fries or onion rings from Burger King, to what results come up if you do the same search on Google and Yahoo.


The cool thing is, not only can you read about everyone’s totally average moments—you can add your own, too (totally anonymously, of course!) What better way to get through a icky average Monday than by reading about the random moments in other people’s average Monday?


Of course, another way to get through an icky, overcast average Monday is by searching YouTube for funny videos. Here’s a completely unaverage idea: awhile ago, one of my favorite singers, Ben Folds, held a contest last year. He encouraged college a capella groups and Glee Clubs to sing some of his songs, then upload them to YouTube. The best entries were actually compiled to make an album of some of Ben’s hits, a capella style—which is awesome. For some reason, this group didn’t make the album, but I’ll be honest…it’s still my favorite: