W11, #9: 6 DEGREES OF SEPARATION

Who: All periods

Set-up: Read this previous entry (if you do not fully understand the assignment).

Challenge: In 6 moves, connect the following 2 topics (with full explanation):

  1. Mary Shelley
  2. Thanksgiving

Length: Varies

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23 responses to “W11, #9: 6 DEGREES OF SEPARATION

  1. Mary Shelly (1) the author of Frankenstein was a strong believer in the Enlightenment (2). The Enlightenment was a time in the 18th century where many people began to seek improvement. They applied reason to thinking for the first time, and tried to be happier.

    The Enlightenment (2) was a big deal in Europe, and especially in France (3). French Enlightenment thinkers were called the philosophes. They often talked in salons, which were like modern day coffee shops, except salons became a social competition.

    France (3) played a major role in starting Canada (4). Canada is a country right above the United States. They say “eh” a lot and eat French fries covered in cheese curds and brown gravy called Poutine. My mom likes to eat it a lot, but can’t get it here in Texas. I don’t think it tastes very good.

    Canada (4) has other foods besides Poutine. They also grow cranberries (5). Cranberries are a delightful berry that tastes sweet and tart, and can be made into jellies, juices, and sauces. In middle school, I went through a phase of drinking cranberry juice all the time. Cranberry sauce is a yummy jelly-like side dish that can be molded into shapes.

    Cranberries (5) and their sauce are an integral part of the traditional American Thanksgiving (6). Thanksgiving is a holiday where families load up on turkey, mashed potatoes, and various vegetables, then get tired and watch football. The Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade is another traction of Thanksgiving. Lots of floats go by and musicians sometimes perform. This year you can expect Sugarland (in a previously taped performance), David Archuleta, James Taylor, Miley Cyrus, and The Case of Sesame Street to perform this year.

  2. Mary Shelly (1) was the author of the popular novel, Frankenstein, which she wrote in 1816, following a ghost story contest. Many different interpretations of this story have been created, and Frankenstein (or the Creature, to be technical) remains an iconic pillar in the horror genre.

    One interpretation of Mary Shelly’s (1) Frankenstein was The Golem (2), which was essentially Creature created by a rabbi to protect a Jewish ghetto from anti-Semitic attacks. I actually read this book before I was exposed to Frankenstein, so it was more familiar to me than the actual book, believe it or not. A “golem” is a Yiddish word for something that’s alive, but made out of inanimate materials.

    The golem (2) in the novel was constructed out of clay and brought to live by the rabbi through rituals and Hebrew prayers. Another living creature made out of clay would be Clayface (3), one of Batman’s lesser known adversaries. Clayface was originally a man, but was fused with a clay substance in a freak lab accident and is horrendous looking in his original form, but has the ability to change shapes.

    As mentioned before, Clayface (3) is mortal enemies with our hero, Batman (4). Batman is arguably the coolest character DC comics has ever produced (he was originally introduced in Detective Comics, for any hardcore comic geeks) and has been featured in several TV shows and movies. Batman was played by actors ranging from Adam West to the more modern Christian Bale. But Batman was also in several cartoons, including the Super Friends (4). Interestingly enough, Adam West also did the voice for Batman on this show.

    The Super Friends (4) is a squad of heroes dedicated to eliminating the Legion of Doom and bringing justice to the world. The Super Friends have heroes of all calibers, ranging from the so-lame-they’re-awesome Wonder Twins to the nigh-indestructible Superman. Another member of the Super Friends was Apache Chief, who was and Indian (5) that was able to increase his size by saying: “Apache Chief, ee-nay-chuk!” The exact meaning of “ee-nay-chuk” remains unknown to me, but hey, it works.

    Apart from Apache Chief, the Indians (5 (or Native Americans, to be politically correct)) were a people with a very diverse and rich culture. While the Protestants that sought refuge in America from religious persecution had their differences with the Native Americans to say the least, they did have their moments in the sun. One of the most famous ones being Thanksgiving, where Squanto and his tribe had a lovely evening with the light skinned foreigners and gave thanks for all their blessings. This holiday is celebrated even today, believe it or not, and while most of us do not share a table with exotic, loin cloth-adorning people, it remains just as meaningful.

  3. 1. Mary Shelley is the author of Frakenstein.
    2. Frankenstein is a book we are reading in English class.
    3. English class is the period that I have right before lunch.
    4. Lunch is a meal that usually occurs mid-day and is sometimes a big meal.
    5. Big meals are had on many holidays.
    6. Holidays with big meals include Thanksgiving.

  4. Mary Shelly is the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft who was a radical during her age. She wrote that women should have equal rights as men during the time period known as the Enlightenment.

    The Enlightenment was a time of great improvement in every area of life; politics, economy and society. A new idea that became common during this time was deism or the belief that God created the Earth and left it to thrive under human control.

    This new enlightened idea seemed to stem from France, who needed the greatest improvement the Enlightenment could offer, and England and proceeded down to Colonial leaders in the colonies established by these European countries in previous years.

    Well known amongst these Colonial leaders who believed in deism were Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. These are among the founding fathers of the United States of America.

    When founding this great nation the founding fathers had much to decide like where to build the capital and what our national bird would be. Well, our national bird became the bald eagle, but Franklin believed that it should have been the turkey because they are a kinder bird (don’t steal other birds’ eggs and kill their young like eagles do).

    Whenever I think of our national bird being a turkey it makes me laugh but turkeys always make me think of Thanksgiving because I really don’t like turkey and that is the only time I eat it.

  5. Mary Shelley (1) was a gifted storyteller and writer who was the child of a famous writer himself. Shelley grew up in a household where learning was encouraged and she enjoyed reading from an early age. There have been many advertising campaigns to promote reading with children. One specific example that comes to mind is a commercial on Disney Channel featuring Shia LeBeouf and Kristi Carlson Romano(2).

    Kristi Carlson Romano(2) played the role of Ren in “Even Stevens” during her early years as a child actress. She moved on to be the voice of Kim in “Kim Possible”, an animated series also on Disney Channel. I haven’t heard that much about Romano(3) since “Kim Possible”.

    Ray Romano(3) played the role of Ray Ramono in “Everybody Loves Raymond”. This was my favorite show next to “Friends” until the show was cancelled after multiple seasons. Another show that was cancelled after multiple seasons was “Will and Grace”(4).

    “Will and Grace” (4) obviously features the characters Will and Grace. These characters are also accompanied by, my favorite character, Jack. Jack struggles to find himself and what he is meant to do in life throughout the entire series and finds his answer in acting. Jack isn’t particularly a good actor but enjoys doing it and it is hilarious to watch(5).

    A watch(5) is a time telling device usually worn on the wrist of the time-teller. There are many different types of watches including pocket watches. My Uncle gave me a pocket watch for my birthday once, which happened to be Thanksgiving(6).

  6. 1) Mary Shelley is the author of the classic Frankenstein. She said that she came up with the idea for this famous work in Geneva, Switzerland, where she and her husband were visiting the famous English poet, Lord Byron.

    2) Lord Byron is one of the most colorful and prolific Romantic poets of his time. His most famous poems include Don Juan, and She Walks in Beauty. Byron is also known for his extravagant lifestyle complete with multiple love affairs; that however is not what interests us. During the years 1816-1817, Byron wrote a poem entitled, Manfred.

    3) Manfred is a ‘ghost’ story based in the Bernese Alps and centers around the protagonist, Manfred. Manfred must cope with the death of his beloved and calls upon spirits to help ease his grief.

    4) Manfred is also the first name of Manfred von Richthofen, most commonly known as the “Red Baron”. He was a German fighter pilot during World War I and is credited for more than eighty kills. He was, however, killed in combat in 1918 at the ripe age of 25. Von Richthofen received his famous nickname by his British opponents who would spot him by his bright red plane.

    5) The sworn enemy of the Red Baron happens to be World War I Ace, also known as Snoopy. Snoopy would frequently be seen atop his doghouse, bedecked in goggles and a scarf, chasing his adversary through the skies. Between his duels with the Red Baron, Snoopy was also known as a famous author, Joe Cool, and a vulture. He is, in my humble opinion, the greatest cartoon character ever drawn.

    6) Snoopy is the star of the classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” This program, written by “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz, was originally aired in 1973, and since then has become a Thanksgiving tradition. Since 2007, it has been shown around every Thanksgiving on primetime ABC.

  7. ok so, looks like i just did the wrong blog entry for this thing, sooo heres the REAL one!

    step (1): Mary Shelley was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley.

    step (2): Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the “over-reaching” of modern man and the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is arguably considered the first fully-realized science fiction novel.

    step (3): Romanticism is a complex artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europe, and gained strength during the Industrial Revolution.[1] It was partly a revolt against aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature, and was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature.

    step (4): Music is a burning passion of mine that I cannot live without. I always have some kind of music where-ever I go because its a part of me. And a world without music isn’t a life one should have to endure.

    step (5): Life is a wonderful and mysterious thing. We learn something new everyday in our life time and is something everyone is thankful for.

    step (6): Giving thanks is part of the traditional holiday Thanksgiving Giving Day. It is usually celebrated with friends and family with big meals and lots of food. Also like music, a life without thanksgiving isn’t a life at all. 🙂

  8. Step 1
    Mary Shelley endured more than her share of hardships. Her mother died when giving birth to Mary. Mary’s half sister committed suicide. Her first born daughter was born prematurely and died soon after birth. Her poet husband, Percy Shelley, drowned in the Gulf of La Spezia in 1822. All these tragedies occurred before Mary reached her 25th birthday. Mary Shelley credited Percy by “forever inciting” her to “obtain literary reputation.” Mary authored the well-acclaimed novel Frankenstein (1) which was first published in 1818.

    Step 2
    Frankenstein (1) is a novel that has stood the test of time. It had a significant impact on many “monster” stories that followed. It also shaped the way of more modern day horror writing. Frankenstein paved the way for the concept of morphing a lifeless creation into a living creature. Since this concept was a mixture of fiction and speculation of a scientific action, it can be branded as the first science-fiction (2) novel.

    Step 3
    Science-fiction (2) is a genre of an imaginary tale that blends fantasy-like suppositions based on the discipline of science. Usually science-fiction writers are motivated to write when modern science is hazy or nebulous. The science of religion was unclear as there were different views on religion in the 1600’s, when the Puritans separated from the Protestants in England in 1619. A group of these separatists who sought religious freedom in America were called the Pilgrims (3).

    Step 4
    The Pilgrims (3) found an amicable setting in which religious freedom was tolerated. They landed in Jamestown, Virginia and became the earliest settlers of the Plymouth Colony (4) in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts. The colony, established in 1620, became the second successful English settlement.

    Step 5
    In an attempt to become more financially successful, Germany’s Daimler-Benz merged with the Chrysler Corporation in 1998. Daimler-Chrysler’s three top selling brands in the United States are Dodge, Jeep and Plymouth (4). Ford, GM and Chrysler are referred to as the Big Three (5) in the automotive industry. This industry is in serious trouble which has worsened since the economy has soured in the last several months.

    Step 6
    The Big Three (5) have asked Congress for a collective $25 billion dollar bridge loan. GM’s CEO Richard Wagoner, Chrysler’s CEO Robert Nardelli and Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally appealed for this loan at a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee on November 19, 2008. If this loan is granted by Congress, the Big Three will surely be giving thanks (6) to all of the American taxpayers.

  9. 1) Mary Shelley (1) is the author of the book Frankenstein. She had originally come up with this idea through a dream (2) she had in Switzerland, one that gave her the idea of the creation of Frankenstein’s monster. This dream is believed to have occured because of the previous night’s discussion Shelley had with a company of poets and writers in Geneva, Switzerland. They discussed and told German ghost stories, prompting each other to each write their own supernatural tales.

    2) Dreams (2) are mental pictures one experiences while asleep. When dreaming, there are no limits or boundaries to your imagination. We are like passengers on a train (3) when we dream: we have no control over what or where our mind takes us. Experts say your dreams are based around daily activities and can be influenced by stress or frustration. Dreaming serves as an outlet for those thoughts and impulses we repress during the day. Dreams even influence and give authors ideas for books.

    3) A train (3) is a form of transportation that was developed in the 1900’s. Trains usually consist of several carts that move along a series of tracks. The most common train one thinks about is the freight train, an old, rickety train that spews black smoke and is powered by coal. Trains, especially freights, were commonly used to transport goods, but modern day trains are used mostly for human transportation purposes. More advanced technology has allowed us to develop sleeker trains with automatic sliding doors. Older freight trains are commonly associated with hobos. (4)

    4) A hobo is a term used to describe a homeless person. Hobos, thanks to popular media, usually are pictured as wandering, dirty, drunken males with an association with train carts and cardboard boxes. Hobos also have their own code in which they use to tell other passing hobos if the area is dangerous or safe. I have seen a hobo before (which is pretty awesome). Every morning in the summer he is in the area of which my sports team practices, and he watches us run and also lights fires in a trash can to cook (5) his meals.

    5) Cooking (5) is a term applied to food. Cooking is a method humans use to prevent the spread of diseases in raw foods and also makes the food taste better. Unlike animals, we don’t really have a taste for raw meat, and our stomachs aren’t accustomed to cope with any living parasites found in raw food. Salmonella is something found in eggs that cooking gets rid of. Each culture has their own ways of cooking; chinese foods are often stir-fried and boiled, and american food is almost always deep-fried or cooked with lots of oil. People cook for ordinary meals, like lunch, and also special occasions, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving (6) dinner.

    6) Thanksgiving (6) is a holiday commonly associated with gravy, a giant roasted turkey, cranberry pie, pudding, and cooking (5). This holiday is an expression of thanks for your spiritual and material possessions and can be traced back to the pilgrims and native americans during colonial times. Most people celebrate this holiday by gathering with family and friends for a giant feast that usually holds a turkey as the centerpiece of the meal.

  10. 1. Mary Shelley(1) was born in 1797 to two prestigious writers and thinkers of the time. She was expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become someone famous through her writings. Mary Shelley’s life was riddled with death, however. She had many children and only one survived, Percy. Her half-sister committed suicide. Her husband, Shelley, drowned with some of his companions while sailing. The rest of her life was mostly calm, but it did not make up for the tragedy of her early life.

    2. The deaths that surrounded Mary Shelley(1) while she was writing her novel, Frankenstein(2), may have inspired her to write about its dark themes. She wrote her novel after a summer on Lake Geneva with friends. There, she was asked to write a ghost story. She had a terrible dream that inspired her ghost story and with her husband’s urging, published Frankenstein in 1818. The themes of the novel rotated around the emerging science of the day and the struggle against the ways of the natural world. Her novel was not immediately popular, its dark themes even made it hard to publish. However, the book is now widely read and thought of as a very influential piece of the times.

    3. The novel Frankenstein(2) has been turned into many things by Hollywood and producers(3) . They have made the image of Frankenstein into a green monster with studs in his head and a pleasure for eating people. While this was not how it was first intended, the thinkers of Hollywood and producers have used the angle of Frankenstein to make it a household name, but an incorrect one. There is no monster named Frankenstein like so many people have been taught by TV and movies. There is only Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, but most people don’t know that.

    4. Hollywood(3) has also assimilated Frankenstein in Halloween(4). Halloween is a holiday at the end of October that most associate with dressing up in costumes and getting candy. While this is very fun and exciting, the true story of Halloween comes from the Celts. The Celts used to observe the day before November 1, Samhain, as the day when ghosts of the dead returned to the earth. After several combinations with Christian holidays, Samhain became All-Hallow’s Eve, and eventually, the Halloween as we know it today.

    5. Halloween(4) is a recognized holiday(5) in the United States. Holidays are days when people can leave work early, go home, and spend time with their families, traditionally. Lately, however, holidays have become more about buying useless things than spending time at home. With every holiday, stores bring out a new set of decorations and cases of stuff for people to buy, and with every holiday people buy this stuff and buy into the holiday.

    6. Another holiday(5) is Thanksgiving(6). Probably the least corrupt holiday in my opinion, Thanksgiving celebrates the time when Pilgrims and Native Americans ate together and gave thanks. Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks to everything we have and everything we have earned. We celebrate, traditionally, with a huge feast, made famous by the turkey which is recognized as a Thanksgiving food item more than anything else. I am very excited about the upcoming holiday and it is definitely one of my favorite.

  11. ~ Step #1: Mary Shelley [1] was a British novelist, short-story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. She was best known for her gothic novel Frankenstein, which she began writing at the age of 18 and completed at the age of 21. Mary Shelley was also the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft who was a well-known feminist and educator. In fact, the same night that I was reading the introduction to Frankenstein, I read about Mary Wollstonecraft in AP Euro.

    ~ Step #2: Mary Shelley [1] got her inspiration for Frankenstein while on a trip to visit with the poet Lord Byron near Geneva, Switzerland. [2] Switzerland, or officially the Swiss Confederation is a federal republic consisting of 26 states called cantons. It is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria to the east. Switzerland has a long history of neutrality,they have not been at war since 1815, and is said to be one of the richest countries in the world. Zurich and Geneva have respectively been ranked as having the first and second highest quality of life in the world.

    ~ Step #3: Switzerland [2] is also known for their high quality chocolate. [3] In 1819, Francois- Louise Cailler opened one of the first merchandised chocolate production facilities establishing the oldest brand of Swiss chocolate that still exists today. The years between 1890 and 1920 saw a blossoming of the Swiss chocolate industry, coinciding with the golden age of Swiss tourism. However, Swiss chocolate owed its global reputation not just to the quantities exported, but above all to its quality, which put it above the great amount of chocolate produced in other countries.

    ~ Step #4: Speaking of chocolate [3], I bet you’ve never heard of National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day [4]. Don’t believe me? Here’s a link: http://www.candyusa.org/Classroom/calendar.asp. This day was most likely created by a candy confectioner in honor of one of the healthiest types of chocolate. Dark chocolate is good for the heart and can help protect against high blood pressure. Also, almonds help improve cholesterol levels.

    ~ Step #5: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day [4] reminds me that chocolate is not the only food that’s not obviously healthy. It turn out that turkey [5] is low-fat and a very good source of protein. The nutrients in turkey have been found to aid in nerve function and growth, boost the immune system, and regulate blood pressure.

    ~ Step #6: Turkey [5], is a food that we have come to associate with the holiday of Thanksgiving [6]. Though there is no real evidence that turkey was present at the Pilgrim’s first thanksgiving, it still became an important part of the tradition. The ritual is rooted in the letter sent by William Bradford almost 22 years after the actual celebration. In his letter sent to another pilgrim, he described how the governer sent “four men out fowling” and they returned with turkeys, ducks, and geese.

    And that is all [:
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  12. 1. Mary Shelley is the author of Frankenstein, a story about a scientist that brings a dead creature to life.

    2. Several years ago I had a piano competition coming up, and all of my teacher’s students got together to have a practice recital. Before each of us played, we drew a slip of paper from a hat, and written on each paper was the name of a well-known fictional character. We then had to apply the characteristics of that character to our performance. There was Scooby-Doo, Superman, etc…and I got Frankenstein’s monster. I got up and played my piece with an ugly scowl on my face, pounding the chords dramatically. My piece was from the baroque period, and it was meant to be intense, so Frankenstein actually helped me perform it better.

    3. It’s easy to perform in front of other piano players, especially students who are still learning like you. They don’t freak out and choke you with uneccessary praise and make you want to curl up inside your shell. They offer suggestions and take suggestions, both with humble grace.

    4. My relatives are very UNlike other piano students. “Play for us! Play for us!” they say whenever I happen to be in the same room with a piano. “We want to hear you play!” Why can’t they understand how hard it is to jump from being at ease to being focused and ready to perform? And they don’t even say “Thanks for playing” after I relent to their demands. It’s just like I’m taking a test or something.

    5. My relatives think that their every visit to our house is also their very own little recital. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving…every holiday I have to put up with that.

    6. Oh crud, Thanksgiving is this week. Maybe our piano will be mysteriously out of tune…

  13. 1) Mary Shelly is the author of the story Frankenstein. Mary was the daughter of a feminist and a political philosopher and she lived a life filled with great tragedy. Mary began writing Frankenstein while visiting with Lord Byron with her husband Percy. This was meant to be a scary ghost story which posed very heavy questions about the power of man in reference to creating life.

    2) This story was not originally a hit, with two publishers refusing to publish it, but in later years was a great success. Frankenstein has become a film phenomenon and multiple movies have been made based on this story. One of these versions was directed by Kenneth Branagh, in 1994. This version was simply called Frankenstein and involved various actors.

    3) These actors all had trailers on the set and they were allowed to have food and whatever would make them comfortable in their trailers. This was done considering such great actors as Robert De Niro were in the film. Most of the actors asked for snack foods and so there was a shopper who would go to the nearest grocery store and buy things for the trailers.

    4) The closest grocery store was a Tomb Thumb and it was only a few miles from the set. This was great for the personal shopper and so every day they went from set to the Tomb Thumb and he even had a Reward card.

    5) The Reward card allowed the shopper to get discounts on all the products in the store and these sales varied depending on the time of year. One day when he was shopping he met a young cashier who gave him a discount on turkey.

    6) The reason that the cashier gave him a discount on turkey was that Thanksgiving was coming up. Thanksgiving was the following week and so the shopper was buying a turkey for the cast to eat together.

  14. 1. Mary Shelly was a great “writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer” who was influenced by the Romantic thought and philosophies of her time.
    2. One of her books is being studied by one sophomore class in Arlington, Texas.
    3. Texas is a state that is famous for several things.
    4. Everything there is big, and everyone talks really weird. ( 😉 )
    5. Another thing Texas is known for is food. It seems like the most unexpected people can become friends at a BBQ. Just like a creature can be made out of different materials, as long as it has a creator.
    6. All Americans, not just Texans, pride themselves of their Thanksgiving meals. Everyone eats way too much, but families come together to celebrate with Thanksgiving dinners everywhere.

  15. 1) Mary Shelley wrote a very famous story called Frankenstein. This was the story of a scientist who created a human being, and gives us this 2) moral dilemma: Do human beings have the right to create life?

    2) This dilemma is now becoming more of a reality, with abortion, 3) cloning, and stem cell research possible. A book that addresses the issue of cloning is called The House of the Scorpion. The main character in this story is a clone, who forever wrestles with the fact that he is not technically a human being–or is he?

    3) A more sci-fi view of cloning is from a 4) Spiderman comic book I just read tonight. The volume is called ‘The Clone Saga’, because Peter Parker, aka Spiderman, is cloned not once but several times, each clone being slightly different in some way.

    4) Spiderman was a comic book phenomenon. He had spider powers (who wouldn’t want those). There have been a total of three movies so far that ”tell his story” (they’re actually pretty unfaithful to the comics, and because I’m a nerd I know that). Spiderman was created in the 60’s by Stan Lee, a guy from 5) America, who has cameo-ed in several Marvel movies, including Spiderman 2 and Iron Man.

    5) America is an illustrious place, the self-professed ”land of opportunity”. They have many holidays, including 6) Thanksgiving.

    6) Thanksgiving is celebrated every year; it celebrates a feast we held with Native Americans in our pre-history.

  16. 1. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.
    2. Frankenstein is about scientist who loves to spend time with his family.
    3. After his mothers death he becomes fascinated in creating life.
    4.This fascination leads to the creation of the monster.
    5.This monster has been famous for more than two centuries.
    6. Thanksgiving has been celebrated for more than two centuries.

  17. (1)Mary Shelley was a writer in the early 1800s, daughter to famous feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who were both British authors. Mary Shelley’s mother wrote A Vindication for the Rights of Women. Mary Shelley’s most famous work was (2)Frankenstein, a gothic novel of a monster and his uncaring creator. This book has become recognized as a classic, and was featured in a documentary on the (3)History Channel, In Search of the Real Frankenstein. The History Channel has shown nearly every event in European history, including the Conquest of America, which mentions (4)Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who held the first Christian worship service held in a permanent settlement in the continental United States celebrated in (5)St. Augustine, Florida. He conquered this city and founded it in 1565, the place of the first ‘traditional (6)Thanksgiving’, on the Plymouth Plantation on September 8, 1565.

  18. ONE: Mary Shelley is the daughter of Mary Wollestonecraft (who made a lovely appearance in our AP Euro reading!) and William Godwin. To be frank, her life really sucked. Her mother died in the process of giving birth to her, her half-sister commited suicide, and I don’t believe any of her children outlived her. She did, however, create something to keep her in our memories. That was Frankenstein. The book was first published in 1818 and is a classic. In our version there is an introduction in the beginning written by Diane Johnson. Quite a lot about the book is given away here.

    (Of course you know that, when I told you you mocked me. Typical Mr. Long. :-))

    TWO: Diane Johnson was born on April 28, 1934 right here on American soil in Illinois. Lots of her time was spent in France though. She is a novelist and essayist who apparently co-authored the screenplay for The Shining. Since the 70’s she’s been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. In an interview, she talked a lot about Paris and French life, including some of her favorite cafés. One that she mentioned is Café Bonaparte.

    THREE: There is another café by the name of Café Bonaparte in Washington D.C. Their website is pretty dang cool, and apparently their little restaurant is too. If you ever stumble upon it, I recommend their crepes out of pure observation. It’s located on 1522 Wisconson Avenue. Also on their website there is an entire section devoted to nice little press reviews, one of which is courtesy of The Hoya.

    FOUR!: The Hoya is Georgetown University’s newspaper that’s been reporting it up since 1920. It is the largest, oldest newspaper of the university that targets the 16,000 people in the Georgetown community. It comes out every Tuesday and Thursday on the main NW campus, the law center campus in downtown Washington, and in surrounding communities.

    FIVE: On The Hoya’s website they actually have blogs that you can keep up with. One of the three is called Outside the Gates. It talks about things that go on, well, outside the gates of the university. The latest entry is called “This Week in Inaugural Absurdities” and talks about a ridiculous offer from the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Adams Morgan. For a small fee of $440,000 you can live it up for four days with three of your closest friends. Presidential suite with a private chef, a private chauffeur and private concierge. How do you get there and back? Private jet. Of course you will be attending the inaugural event. And you have to look good for that right? Yes! So this package includes a pre-inaugural makeover! You also receive a $44,000 jewelry shopping spree, cologne and perfume, and no package would be complete without a puppy with your choice of breed and color.
    BUT WAIT! There’s MORE!
    Wanna go to Russia? Well you can! First class! With free accomodations for five nights! And they must be nice people over at that hotel, part of your life savings goes to charity too.

    Yes I am for real.
    In fact, I have never been so serious in my entire life.
    You know, typing this all out makes it seem ten times more ridiculously insane than when I first read it.

    SIX: Well as long as we’re talking about the president, I might as well say (for no reason in particular) that the election was in November! Obama won, making history. I wonder how things are gonna be with him in office. We’ll just have to wait and see…

  19. 1. Mary Shelley has 11 letters in it, so does Electric Feel a song by MGMT.
    2. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is brought to life by and electric shock.
    3. Electric Feel is in MGMT’s album Oracular Spectacular.
    4. In December of 1976 Vol. 1 of the comic The Spectacular Spiderman was first Published.
    5. The last issue of Vol. 1 was in November of 1998.
    6. Thanksgiving is on November 27 in 2008.

  20. 1. Mary Shelly is the author of “Frankenstein”. Her parents were William Godwin and Mary Wollestonecraft, two radicals just after the Enlightenment.

    2.Mary Wollestonecraft wrote a book name “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”. She fought hard for the rights of women.

    3. Books are one of the ways to spread information. They contain a l;ot of ideas. They are “food”for your brain.

    4. Food is what keeps us running. Food gives us energy to get through the day. We need food to live our lives.

    5.There are many types of food. There are Chinese, Mexican, Indian, etc…, food. There also different types of food for each part of the day; breakfast,lunch,dinner.

    6.In Thanksgiving, we eat all types of food. Turkey, pies, and deserts, and many, many more foods. We all eat so much that we can’t eat for a whole day(my opinion).

  21. Step 1. Mary Shelley (1) wrote the book Modern Prometheus, (2) starting when she was 18 and finishing when she was 21. Her life was filled with tragedies, starting with the death of her mother when she was just 10 days old. The tragedy continued with the untimely deaths of her husband, her sister and friends, and even her children.

    Step 2. Modern Prometheus, (2) better known as Frankenstein, inspired over 50 films over the years. Kenneth Branagh’s film, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) is considered to have followed the book most faithfully. In this film, Robert DeNiro (3) played Frankenstein under a heavy mask.

    Step 3. Robert DeNiro (3) is a great, successful American actor who has been inducted into Italian-American Hall of Fame, and who everyone thinks is an Italian-American. But actually, he is more Irish than Italian, having only one-quarter Italian ancestry. He says that his name is Italian and he just identifies with more Italian (4) than any other.

    Step 4. Italian (4) immigration to the United States (5) began in masse from 1890 to 1910, during which over 2, 100,000 arrived. Of these, 40 per cent eventually returned to Italy. Most settled in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit. Like many immigrants before and after them, the Italians worked long hours on low wages in industrial areas and competed with the Irish and the Jews.

    Step 5. The United States (5) is a country not united by race or religion, but by ideals. The ideals are set out in the Constitution and made more defined by countless men and women who lived and died by the ideals. More than any country I know, most people in the United States are thankful that they live in the United States. They express their thanks during Thanksgiving (6).

    Step 6. Thanksgiving (6) is the traditional American holiday during which everyone indulges on too much good food, watching football, and enjoys the fellowship with family and friends. It is a form of harvest festival that every country has during September, October, or November. All the immigrants eventually forget the various date for the holiday, and celebrate the American Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.

  22. Step 1: Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein has been analyzed and interpreted on many levels since its publication in 1818.

    Step 2: The 1974 film Young Frankenstein is loosely based upon Shelley’s book. In it, Gene Hackman plays the role of a blind man who nearly destroys the monster.

    Step 3: “The Brady Bunch” producer Sherwood Schwartz originally wanted Hackman to play the part of Mike Brady on the show. He was later turned down for his lack of prominence as an actor at the time.

    Step 4: Mike Brady, whose character was eventually portrayed by Robert Reed, owned and drove Plymouth vehicles for the first four seasons of the show.

    Step 5: Pilgrims founded the second successful English colony in America in 1620 at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Step 6: These Pilgrims, along with around ninety Indians, celebrated their first successful harvest. The Pilgrims coined this harvest festival a “Thanksgiving,” hence the name of the holiday we celebrate today.

  23. -sorry if this weeks is below par information wise, its 12:30 so I don’t have time for alot of research.

    1. Mary Shelley(1) was an English author and wife of philosopher Percy Shelley. She is most famous for authoring the groundbreaking and controversial novel “Frankenstein(2).”

    2. “Frankenstein”(2) was concieved during a famous summer Mary and her husband spent with their friends: Lord Byron, Claire Clairemont, and John Polidori in Geneva, Switzerland(3).

    3. Geneva(3) is a historic city on Lake Geneva on the border between France and Switzerland. Geneva was once the home of Jean Calvin after his flight from persecution in France. Due to it being the home and headquarters of Calvin, it was also the center for his sect of Christianity known as Calvinism(4).

    4. Calvinism(4) was one of the breakaway sects from Roman Catholisism formed during the Protestant Reformation. Its major components included predestination, strict morallity, and an industrious attitude. Calvinism spread through out western Europe, from France to Germany. In England Calvinists(4) were called Puritans(5).

    5. The Puritans(5) would eventualy become the most powerful political force in England during the English Civil War. However, they faced religious persecution in England at various times in history, from nobles, the monarchy, or the Anglican Church. Groups of puritans(5) left England in search of tolerance and freedom. Many fled to Holland, one group fled across the ocean to America…

    6. The Puritan(5) refugees abord the merchant vessel Mayflower landed at a place they called Plymouth at the tip of Cape Cod, in what would later become known as Massachusetts. The Pilgrims, as the settler were called, lost half their number during the Atlantic crossing. Upon arriving in November they formed the famous Mayflower Compact and proceded to send scouting parties ashore. While exploring the Cape Cod area they discovered and looted several stores of corn the natives had stashed. Thanksgiving(6) was most likely a celebration for the food God had miraculously sent for them to steal. According to legend, Thanksgiving(6) was a feast the Pilgrims enjoyed with Massoit of the Wampanoag tribe to thank them for providing food to save them from the winter and to commemorate their alliance and friendship. Happy, happy, Pocahontas.

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