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We’re In A Global Helium Shortage — Why Are We Using It For Balloons?

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Snoopy and Woodstock from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Image Source: Macy’s

“When it’s gone, it is lost to us forever.”

That’s what University College London chemist Andrea Sella said regarding helium, the element that is used to bring the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons to life each year.

As many families gather by their TV screens — or, for some in New York City, Manhattan sidewalks — this Thursday morning, they will bear witness to one of the United States’ most revered holiday traditions. Knowingly or not, they will also bear witness to the reality that human desire often trumps the wisdom of restraint. When the balloons complete their November 27th route, over 300,000 cubic feet of helium — the spatial equivalent of two million gallons of water — will have been used, and will thus not be available for future use.

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These Vintage Ads Prove That Thanksgiving Is One Of The Weirdest Holidays Ever

Thanksgiving is already an odd holiday, built as it is on the fraudulent belief that settlers were at peace with indigenous populations before the genocide began. These vintage advertisements make Thanksgiving seem even weirder, though. Let’s take a look back at the good old days, when children gleefully slaughtered turkeys, casual chauvinism made the dinner extra tasty, and the Joneses’ Thanksgiving cards cranked the racism against Native Americans up to 11. Continue Reading

21 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Friday

As Thanksgiving approaches, so too does Black Friday, an annual reminder that as much as we like to give thanks, we absolutely love to consume goods. Whether you participate or not, the colossal shopping day has become firmly embedded within our cultural fabric. Here are some Black Friday facts you may find shocking:

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Photo Of The Day: Thanksgiving On The International Space Station

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Russian cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov (left) and Mikhail Tyurin eating their Thanksgiving meal on board the International Space Station in 2005.
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How does irradiated turkey, freeze-dried green beans, re-hydrated potatoes, thermostabilized yams, cobbler and liquid salt and pepper sound for a Thanksgiving feast? If you’re not into it, then perhaps you shouldn’t spend the November holiday on the International Space Station (ISS).

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