For those out there who find themselves somewhere on the continuum between hard at work and hardly working on this last day before Thanksgiving, here are some fun holiday links:
First, if you’re still looking for that one last recipe, here’s a link to a source for handwritten European and American recipes from the 1600s to the1960s. If you can’t find something good in there, you may not be trying hard enough. The bad news is that you will likely have to hit the grocery store. The good news? Digital archives making our lives better (and maybe even tastier?).
Second, here’s some common ground if find yourself needing to make small talk with strangers: crossword puzzles. Love ’em? Hate ’em? Never tried ’em? There’s enough in there for a few minutes of polite chitchat. If you really want to elevate your game to the next level, however, there’s this video with the puzzle editor of the New York Times offering a behind the scenes look at how crosswords are made. Also, he majored in engimatology. How cool is that?
Last, here’s one more thing to to think about if you find yourself trapped in conversation over the holidays: this TED video starring Adam Savage (host of MythBusters on the Discovery Channel) explains how simple observations can lay the groundwork for great scientific discoveries. Maybe your seemingly dull conversation partner is actually laying the groundwork for your amazing forthcoming scientific discovery! Or, you know, you can take control of the conversation and impress the other person with some great science stories. Actually, I think this short video has a lot of food for thought regarding curiosity, how we can all use observations, and the stories we tell about science and discoveries.
If this post comes too late for your Thanksgiving festivities, never fear – the winter holidays are just around the corner!