Thanksgiving (or, Thanksgivukkah, as some have dubbed 11/28/13 due to the very rare, once-every-70,000-years confluence of secular and Jewish holidays) is upon us. There's something of a dearth of good science videos out there about Thanksgiving, but given that the only science usually discussed around turkey day is the old tryptophan debate, this may not be terribly surprising. The holiday is more about appealing to and satisfying baser urges than those that underlie great science.
This Wes Anderson-influenced clip from PBS assembles puppet versions of science greats like Darwin, Einstein, Newton, Curie and Galileo for a fussy, miniature Thanksgiving feast. The group is, as a whole, perplexed to learn that many of their best ideas (like the theory of evolution) are not widely accepted even hundreds of years after being first posited, but the dinner's gregarious human host attempts to turn their confusion around by focusing on all things we do have to be thankful for today as a result of their work. It's unclear why the clip renders Einstein a pants-dropping horndog, but his advances towards Marie Curie certainly fit with the quirky Anderson-ian spirit of the piece.
Too brainy? How about some dudes in a field exploding a Thanksgiving dinner with their pumpkin cannon?
Hey, it's from the science channel. Happy Thanksgiv(ing/ukkah), all.