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Monday, November 19, 2012

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A Busy Week for Abe

Today marks the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, which means you have one year to memorize it in time to recite it aloud at your sesquicentennial celebration. Here is a Mad Lib-esque tool to help you achieve that not-super-lofty goal (it is, after all, only 270 or 268 words long).

Also, did you know that Abe was the dude who decided Thanksgiving would be a national holiday? "I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving..." According to this quiz, he celebrated that first last Thursday with "Roast Turkey, Cranberry Tarts, Beans, Potatoes, Pumpkin Pies," unlike Calvin Coolidge who had "clear soup" on the table.



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meetapossum

Having gone to college in Gettysburg, I'm kind of ashamed that I can't fill in all the blanks :(

Jane Marie

@meetapossum and if you refresh, it gives you different blanks. so stressful!

meetapossum

@Jane Marie Yeah, the missing small words make it difficult. Sorry I thought the word was "this" and not "that", quiz!

milenakent

Best. Ever.@n

fondue with cheddar

Is it timed? I got 19 but I wasn't done yet. I switched apps and came back and all the ones I didn't get were filled in. I don't think I'd have gotten much more correct, anyway.

Oh, now I see that it is timed. 7 minutes.

ironhoneybee

Edith! That illustration rules.

Dancercise

Wait, so then who changed Thanksgiving from the last Thursday to the fourth Thursday?

apples and oranges

Clear soup? what was wrong with Calvin Coolidge!

Megasus

I WOULD LIKE THIS RECIPE FOR CRANBERRY TARTS PLEASE

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