thanksgiving just got better

MST3K

Good news for MST3K fans: Joel Hodgson, the show’s creator/original star, will be hosting an MST3K Turkey Day Marathon again. Twelve hours of classic riffs from Joel, Mike, and the bots. The MST3K-TDM starts at 9 AM EST, and will be streamed online by Shout! Factory, the company that produces the show’s DVD collection. I watched some of the marathon last year. It included some of my favorites, like Space Mutiny and The Final Sacrifice. There were also episodes I had never seen before, like the riff of Mitchell, starring Joe Don Baker. I’m sure this year’s selections will be every bit as good. Here’s a link to the MST3K Youtube channel, where they’ll be streaming the marathon.

’twas the day before Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, as all of my readers in the U.S. know, is Thanksgiving. The day after is known as Black Friday, the biggest day of the year for retail businesses. But many of you may not know about Busy Wednesday. That’s what thousands of employers call the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Study after study has shown that the day before Thanksgiving is the most productive work day of the year. A survey of people with jobs (and people who know people with jobs, as well as people who’ve watched TV shows about people with jobs) showed that workers are more focused on Busy Wednesday than they usually are. Scientists studying this phenomenon hypothesize that knowing that the following day will end with a huge meal and hours of watching football helps people prioritize better and stimulates the parts of the brain that are responsible for motivation. It may also cause the release of neurotransmitters that send a message to the body to "git r done."

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who decided to go to work today, rather than taking the day off. Your dedication, focus, motivation and productivity are duly noted and greatly appreciated. Feel free to have an extra piece of pie tomorrow to reward yourself. Hell, have two extra pieces, you earned it.

Note: The preceding is complete bullshit. Busy Wednesday is purely a product of the author’s imagination. All studies, surveys and scientists cited in the preceding were made up out of thin air. Any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental, counter-intuitive, and completely impossible. That being said, you should still have all the pie you want tomorrow. Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Pie is good.