Sunscreen Came Over on the Mayflower?
Do you believe this? When the Pilgrims set sail for the New World in 1620, among the essentials stored in the Mayflower’s cargo hold were several cases of commercial sunscreen? No? Well, it’s because that isn’t true. Sunscreen did not come over on the Mayflower. However with what we now know about the impact of sun skin damage, if their voyage took place today they’d certainly bring some along. But I digress.
In the spirit of the holiday, today we’ll put aside our usual blog post and bring you some more fictitious fun facts about Thanksgiving:
- On route to Virginia, the Mayflower’s lone teapot broke. In dire need of caffeine, its crew anchored near Massachusetts to find a Dunkin’ Donuts. They then stayed for the foliage
- After a futile debate on which symbol would showcase to posterity their successful voyage, the Pilgrims chose Plymouth Rock…after it beat out Plymouth’s Paper and Scissors
- Upon immediate completion of Plymouth Colony’s first hut, a Massachusetts Bay Department of Revenue representative appeared to present William Bradford with its first property tax bill
- The Pilgrims’ Native-American allies taught them how to grow maize, fish local waterways, and avoid inedible vegetation. In return, the Newer-Americans taught the Natives how to cultivate potato chips and plant high fructose corn syrup
- The first Thanksgiving occurred in November of 1621, though cranberry sauce was not served as there was no way yet to open the can
- Following that first Thanksgiving was the first Black Friday, at which early-rising colonists were able to save 60% on snow, and 75% on kindling
- In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. When asked why he’d waited so long, Lincoln responded that he was -188 in 1621
- In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt set Thanksgiving a week earlier to give the citizenry more time to retail-shop during The Great Depression. Two years later he set it back, when it finally occurred to him that no citizenry retail-shops much during Great Depressions
In all seriousness, we here at Pretty Pale, Inc. want to extend to you our sincerest gratitude. For without you, there would be no blog. And without our blog, there’d be one fewer way to further our efforts at maximizing Melanoma and skin cancer awareness.
For your continued readership, we truly give thanks.
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