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WKRP's fantastic Thanksgiving turkey giveaway

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"The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!"

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Music: "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie (1967)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Great treatment of trans characters in Dragon Age Inquisition

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The newly released Dragon Age Inquisition has just about the best handling of transgender issues of any mainstream video-game title, handled with grace through character creation, cut-scenes, and play:

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William S. Burroughs: "A Thanksgiving Prayer" (1986)

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Uncle Bill, it's time for A Thanksgiving Prayer.

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books

The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair

- SS Taylor and Katherine Roy's adventurous YA series continues in a second volume that gets everything right: it's a steampunked alternate history story that's full of intrigue and light-touch, thoughtful critique of imperialism and colonialism, a story that lets you love your pith helmet while still questioning all that it stands for. Cory Doctorow (who loved book one) reviews the second Expeditioners book. Read the rest

KKK leader claims to have spoken to Ferguson law enforcement “off the record”

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On a recent episode of Chris Hayes' MSNBC show, the host speaks with Frank Ancona, Imperialist Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK.

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Watch: The best TV news snow bloopers ever, all in one video

- A lot of dick jokes. Play video

Tiny dog dressed as teddy bear exercises on treadmill

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Because “Shih Tzu” said aloud never gets old. The doggie's name is Munchkin.

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The clown-prince of DHS checkpoint refusal videos

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We've covered Checkpoint Refusal videos before (1, 2, 3) -- these are videos recorded by people who object to the DHS's internal checkpoints, where you are asked (but can refuse) to state your citizenship and allow your car to be searched -- but I missed the most prolific, funniest, and weirdest checkpointer of them all: Robert Trudell.

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Baked Potauntaun

- This Star Wars-themed Indiegogo campaign seems unlikely to receive the official imprimatur of Lucasfilm. Play video

Pufferfish are amazing artists

- When threatened by predators, they can inflate themselves into giant balloons that are too large to swallow. Parts of their bodies are highly poisonous. But did you know what males of one species of pufferfish do to attract mates? Create icthyological masterpieces under the sea. Play video

Jurassic Park with cats instead of "velociraptors"

- The trailer for the new Jurassic Park film "Jurassic World" has just been released, and it's awesome. (Hello, Chris Pratt-as-dinosaur-hunter!) If you haven't seen it yet, you need to. Play video

Song for Shaker: free the last UK Gitmo prisoner!

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Andy writes, "This is the promotional video for a new campaign, We Stand with Shaker, aimed at securing the release from Guantanamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, who is still held despite being approved for release in 2007 and 2009."

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Features

Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophy

Ethan Gilsdorf explains why Socrates would have made a good DM and that John Stuart Mill was Lawful Neutral. Catch his talk on Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons tonight in Cambridge, Mass. Read the rest

Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede. Read the rest

LISTEN: The Secret Dad Society

Mike Evans was a founding member of the touring neo-swing band, Big Tubba Mista, and runs the family fun website, Secret Dad Society. He built a remote control seagull to see what real seagulls thought of it. See the video below! Read the rest