THANKSGIVING FOOD ORIGINS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Having Mexican food for Thanksgiving? You probably are and may not know it. The Smithsonian Institution offers some history on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Scientist Bruce Smith says many dishes eaten today have roots in Mexico and South America. The turkeys we're eating today are derived from Mexican turkeys. Potatoes were domesticated in South America, likely Peru. But Europeans likely brought them to the U.S. Squash, pumpkins and corn likely spread by trading among American Indian tribes. And those cranberries? They're native to the U.S. and American Indians first used them as food.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Occupy Wall Street protesters will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day. They plan on turkey and all fixings for thousands. Spokeswoman Cari Machet says they aren't forgetting the veggie lovers, either. There will also be gluten-free and vegetarian dishes on the menu. Food for 5,000 is being donated by restaurants and individual supporters. But no Turkey Day naps for the Occupy protesters. The owner of Zuccotti Park, where the protest is centered, has a no lying down policy.
THANKSGIVING BUG TREATS
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a Thanksgiving treat that probably won't be on your table -- mealworms. The brave can sample cornbread stuffing with mealworms at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans. Other bug studded offerings this week are pumpkin pie with crickets and cranberry sauce with wax worms. The museum is closed today, but they'll back open tomorrow. Of course, if you're dying to try a bug dish you can make it yourself. The museum experts say bugs can be added to almost any recipe in place of nuts, fruit or meat. The Insectarium's Zack Lemann says, "Oven-roasted crickets taste like nuts."
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — It's a message for turkey lovers -- shhh! The City Council in Bellingham, Washington, is acting on complaints about noisy turkeys and other birds. The council has voted to extend the noise complaint ordinance to cover birds, as well as dogs. The Bellingham Herald reports a noisy bird could cost the owner a $99 fine.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — They call themselves the Fire Fembots. But you can call them champs. First place honors in a national firefighters relay competition go to female firefighters from Colorado. The relay involves tasks like racing up flights of stairs in full gear and rescuing a life-sized, dummy "victim." The Fire Fembots took part in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Those Fembots are members of the Air Force Academy and Colorado Springs fire departments.
PORK CHOP BREAK-IN
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Armed with -- pork chops. Police in Waterloo, Iowa, report some bandits used frozen pork chops to bust into a video production company. A glass door was smashed with the meat. Ron Knapp Video Production says two cameras worth nearly $8,000 are missing. But The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the thieves failed to take the supporting equipment needed to get the cameras working.
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