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A “Talk Like a Pirate Day” Video to the Neighborhood

I do, indeed, have a soft spot for pirates.

The personalities, the raids, the lingo (most of which pirates never said), the Great Age of Piracy (roughly the the late 1500s to the early 1700s) holds a soft spot in my heart.  Never mind that they’re were wanton criminals, mostly drunk and whoring…its a miracle those guys could wear so many layers in the Caribbean sun.

Thus, a possibly short-lived gift to the Neighborhood.

Attached is three opening scenes from the best cinematic rendition of Treasure Island ever made: the 1990 TNT television movie starring Christian Bale and Charlton Heston.  For sake of space, I only include the first three parts–the rest can easily be found on YouTube.

Enjoy, but hurry.  The DVD will be released September 27, so chances are this YouTube video won’t last long.

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Videos for the Classroom: National Geographic Presents Thanksgiving Unstuffed

It’s that time again, when the classrooms fill with Pilgrim hats, feathers in the hair and massive pageants celebrating the “first” Thanksgiving at Plymouth in 1621.

Last year, the Neighborhood spent a series debunking the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving.  This year, we’re taking a lighter approach to the holidays.  National Geographic produced a fun half-hour program, Thanksgiving Unstuffed, which combines history, culture, and science to explore the holiday in most depth.  I found the beginning bit about cooking a turkey most interesting–the science of why the breast always dries out, no matter how much gravy you drown it in.

Have fun with this in your classrooms.  Next up will be a piece on Franklin Roosevelt’s controversial tinkering with Thanksgiving, the infamous “Franksgiving.” Stay tuned.

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