So, before your grab your first plate of stuffing or that slice of pumpkin pie, make sure you have the FOX Weather app open and ready to make small talk with the stories that could keep your relatives blabbering well beyond dinner's first helping.”
Thus began the intriguing article from www.FoxWeather.com titled: 7 Thanksgiving Day Table Conversation Starters From FOX Weather: From The Weird To The Ugly, FOX Weather Has You Covered With Stories That Are Guaranteed To Light Up Any Holiday Table.
The list included the following:
1. The first story to read about comes from the State of Washington, where a photographer encountered something that looked like it came out of a Ghostbusters movie. This was followed by a link to a story of a fungus glowing green on a dead tree in the dark along Washington's Kalaloch Beach back on Nov. 19, 2021, all brought about by a lunar eclipse.
2. You can always count on a good Florida story to keep the dinner conversation alive. And while we don't have any galleries of mug shots to scroll through, what a child found in a drain could be just as surprising. The link attached led to an article showing a huge alligator in a sewer drain.
3. Keeping on the living theme, biologists put out their annual warning regarding fuzzy caterpillars. Why you have a reason to run away from not only your Aunt Mary, but these creatures too: from the creatures. The succeeding link takes you to a story about poisonous fuzzy caterpillars.
4. If the caterpillar warning wasn't alarming enough, did you know NASA is working on a plan to protect Earth from a giant asteroid? The attached link explains why facing up to it is not as simple as just sending Bruce Willis up there and blow it up like in the movie "Armageddon".
5. If sports are more your theme, you can't go wrong with a good football story. Do you know why NFL games are largely played on Sundays? Here, the link attached leads to an article explaining why money, television and a Congressional act helped cue the rise of football weekends as we know them.
6. It was 81 years ago this month that a windstorm led to the demise of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge – also known as "Galloping Gertie". No humans were killed during the collapse, but the event did claim a life: Tubby, a three-legged black Cocker Spaniel that remained trapped in his car as the bridge wobbled, then fell. The attached link reveals the three heroic attempts to save him first.
7. Keeping on the history theme, this story will have any political novice talking. During the energy crisis of the 1970s, President Richard Nixon asked Americans to keep their cool - literally. This last time, the link connects to an article about what was unique about the thermostat back in the day.
Anticipating that even these seven previous stories may not get one through an entire meal, FOX Weather included even more story links that one could keep handy in case of a “conversation emergency”:
8. Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes: What are you actually eating on Thanksgiving?
9. How a volcano gave birth to ‘Frankenstein’
10. We all love the movie ‘Twister,’ but is it scientifically accurate?
11. Do hot drinks really warm you up on cold days?
12. What causes turbulence and why you shouldn't be afraid of it
13. Gobble Gossip: No, turkeys don't drown looking skyward in the rain
14. Paw-lickin’ good: This bear caught breaking and entering for KFC
The article concluded with the following tidbit:
“If you are still looking for stories to avoid the gravy boat being thrown across the table, FOX Weather has entire sections devoted to keeping you the most informed person on Earth. Check out our Learn, Earth & Space and Lifestyle sections for more!”
I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the article and the various links detailing greater information and explanation. And in truth, I may well bring up one or two of these intriguing facts/stories around the family table this Thanksgiving.
But I would be remiss if I did not point out the obvious. After all, what is missing from this list if not the most appropriate thing for discussion around the table this weekend? Surely the first thing on the list should be the things we are thankful for as individuals, as families, and as citizens of the greatest country in the history of the world!
I think I will save this list for Thanksgiving “Table Talk” with my family. But I will be renumbering them from items 1-14 to items 8 through 21. I will do this because I plan on replacing the first seven items with the top seven things that I am especially thankful for this year:
1. My physical life and health.
2. My eternal salvation, and all its associated spiritual blessings.
3. My parents and the upbringing they gave me.
4. My precious wife (and all those who wrought her), plus all she means to me.
5. My children and grandchildren, and the blessings they all are to me.
6. My political freedoms as an American citizen.
7. My material blessings.
King David of old understood this well. As he puts it in Psalm 103 (verses 1-5, CEV):
1With all my heart I praise the LORD, and with all that I am I praise his holy name! 2With all my heart I praise the LORD! I will never forget how kind he has been. 3The LORD forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, 4and protects us from death. His kindness and love are a crown on our heads. 5Each day that we live, he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle.
I’m glad David was up for discussing such things. I pray I will always be as well. Will you?
ARTICLE SOURCE: https://www.foxweather.com/lifestyle/7-thanksgiving-day-table-conversation-starters-from-fox-weather.
SCRIPTURE SOURCE: https://biblehub.com/cev/psalms/103.htm.