5 Things to Talk About This Thanksgiving (That Don't Involve Politics)

5 Things to Talk About This Thanksgiving (That Don't Involve Politics)

Americans are bracing for discomfort this Thanksgiving. Not just the standard food coma variety, but that of political disharmony. 

Even the most politically aligned families are likely to have members who voted for the "other candidate" in attendance. The last thing we want to do is open a can of worms at the table and engage in any form of political debate. To do so would be harmful to digestion and potentially catastrophic for inter-family relations. 

And yet, what the hell are we supposed to talk about if not our country's great divide? Which topics will keep us at a safe distance from immigration, email servers, swamp drainings and pussy grabbings? I have some ideas. 

While I can't promise that these topics will keep Uncle Ted from eventually steering the conversation back to politics, I can promise that they'll give your family at least a fighting chance of keeping it together this Thanksgiving. Good luck. 

BOB DYLAN
Last month, the Swedish Academy announced Bob Dylan the 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Mixed—though largely positive—reactions were heard around the world, yet from Bob Dylan's camp there were...crickets. After dodging calls from the academy for nearly two weeks, he did eventually acknowledge the award. Dylan has said that he won't be accepting this highly-honored prize in person due to "pre-existing" commitments. What's the deal, Bob Dylan? Discuss. 

PIZZA DRONES
Forget Amazon Prime orders. What people really want dropped from the sky onto their front porch is a pizza. This month, Dominos is making that a reality, having announced their first drone delivery program in New Zealand. The aim is to deliver pizzas to an extended area in 10 minutes or fewer. What's next?! Discuss

THE CROWN
Netflix's new big-budget period drama The Crown is everything you want from a binge watch: great costumes, winding plots and lightly educational tidbits. For instance, I now remember that Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne at just 26 years old, dealt with cantankerous Winston Churchill and had a sassy, chain-smoking sister, Margaret. Granted, a female in power could lead the conversation back to you-know-what, but don't let it. Focus on the gossip! Focus on the intrigue! Do the baby boomers at the table have any poignant royal family memories? Discuss. 

AMELIA EARHART
Everyone loves an unsolved mystery. Nearly 80 years after her disappearance, new evidence links Amelia Earhart to bones discovered on Gardner Island in 1940. The bones were originally dismissed as belonging to a man and went missing long ago, but their detailed measurements have been reexamined and are now believed to match Earhart's build. Fragments of a woman's shoe and airplane shrapnel were also found nearby. Is that evidence enough to close the case? Discuss. 

CHINA'S LONELY SENIORS
IKEA Shanghai has formally banned senior citizens from using the onsite restaurant as a dating hot spot. The policy went into effect this fall after senior citizens were monopolizing tables for hours on end in order to meet new friends or potential partners, often buying nothing or just a coffee. Seniors are protesting the ban, saying that they have nowhere else to go to be with people their own age. Sounds like there's a business opportunity here. Discuss. 
 

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