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How New Jersey Am I? (A New Jersey Meme!)

1. What is your age?  Under 18 Years Old 18 to 24 Years Old 25 to 30 Years Old 31 to 40 Years Old 41 to 50 Years Old 51 to 60 Years Old Over 60 Years Old2. What is your gender? Male Female3. New Jersey is also known as what? The Keystone State The Garden State The Pollution State The Empire State4. How many issues of Weird New Jersey have you read? Zero One or two Between three and ten More than ten5. Have you ever eaten taylor ham with cheese on a hard roll? Yes No6. Have you ever found yourself at a diner at one o'clock in the morning? Yes No7. In the summer, do you "go down the shore"? Yes No8. Does summer for you begin on Memorial Day weekend and end on Labor Day? Yes No9. Have you been to places featured in HBO's The Sopranos? Yes No

Living in the Old Farmer's Almanac in November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

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After a treacherous voyage and first brutal winter spent along the shore of Cape Cod Bay, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony had a stroke of good fortune. Members of the Wampanoag Nation offered to teach them how to gather food from the wild and cultivate native crops such as corn. The first harvest, in 1621, proved so successful that Governor William Bradford ordered a feast to celebrate. We now call this the Pilgrim's first Thanksgiving, although they considered it simply a harvest festival. The event, however, was a far cry from today's observance.

The thankful colonists soon joined by their generous Native American friends, took part in a 3-day party that included singing, dancing, musket and bow-and-arrow competitions, and footraces.

Historians can document with certainty only two items on the menu for that day: fowl provided by the Pilgrims and venison provided by the Wampanoag. Seafood such as bass, cod, eels, clams, and mussels may…