Thanksgiving is approaching and we at HowStuffWorks are getting ready to celebrate. We're serving up some tasty treats for the holidays. Keep reading (and listening) to see what's in store:
This weekend is the peak time to see the Leonid meteor shower, streaks of light created from debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. You'll need to get up in the wee hours of Saturday morning (Nov. 18) and find a place far away from electric lights to get the most out of the experience. Take about a half-hour for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. You'll be rewarded with a spectacular display of natural fireworks — and you don't even need a telescope or binoculars. Check out our article on the Leonid meteor shower for more information.
So, with Thanksgiving around the corner in the U.S., you're probably about to buy a turkey, if you haven't already. Approximately, 90 percent of Americans will serve a bird for Thanksgiving. But have you ever wondered how the turkey got its name? (Hint: It definitely did not come from the country Turkey.) Anney and Lauren, co-hosts of the podcast FoodStuff, talk turkey in a new episode where they explore the origins of the holiday, how the turkey made it to Thanksgiving tables, and whether the bird is best basted or brined.
What's Thanksgiving without a little controversial conversation with family around the dinner table? This year, give politics a break and talk sports instead. But we don't mean football. We mean why some sports still require women to wear skirts as uniforms. In some cases, it's an old tradition; in others, it's a recent attempt to give the sport more "sex appeal." Writer Alia Hoyt interviewed female athletes who thought skirts were cool, as well as those who thought they were outdated.