It's November, you know what that means? People are going to fight over whether it is socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music yet or not because it isn't even Thanksgiving. In between Halloween and Christmas, there is one very important holiday dedicated essentially to eating all day. Though Thanksgiving foods vary from family to family, there are a few staples in almost every household and they are by no means on an even playing field. Some Thanksgiving foods are better than others and here's how they rank.
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Brumotactillophobia is the fear of food touching other food. Yes, it is weird, but I recently found out that I am not the only one with this disorder. As I can imagine, I am probably not the only sufferer who - when someone finds out about it - have heard these common questions:
1. Why can't you have your food touch?Giphy
That reason is: I have no idea. For as long as I can remember, the thought of it all just disgusts me. I did do some research on this disorder, however, and found that it is actually a common and mild form of OCD. It mostly stems in children of a young age, because they typically feel as though their plate is the only thing that they can control.
2. You know that your food ends up in the same place, right?Giphy
As a matter of fact, yes, I do. I know what happens to food after you eat it, and I don't care. It can go to the same place in the end, but it will get there separately.
3. What do you do at buffets or Thanksgiving?Giphy
I do what everyone else does: I eat. Just because I separate my food, doesn't mean I am not eating what is there. If I happen to have to go back for seconds because I didn't have enough room on my first plate for everything, then I will.
4. Don't you put gravy on mashed potatoes?Giphy
First of all, I love gravy and mashed potatoes. It doesn't weird me out because gravy is a sauce, and sauces go on your foods. It's like ketchup or other condiments.
5. What about foods like salads or casseroles?Giphy
To answer, foods that belong together go together. I don't know why that is okay for me, but it is. For instance, Shepherd's Pie is meat and vegetables mixed together with mashed potatoes on top and cooked in the oven. If those ingredients were separated onto a plate as a meal, I wouldn't mix them, but the fact that they are already mixed as it's own food, then it is okay with me.
6. What makes it weird for you to mix your plate together?Giphy
To be frank, I have no idea. Some sufferers have a thing for the textures, others with taste. Personally, I have yet to pinpoint what it is about it that freaks me out.
7. What happens if the juice from one food touches another?Giphy
Nope. Not today. I will literally stop eating and just go hungry.
8. What happens if some of your food does touch?Giphy
If this unfortunate event happens, I typically try to eat around the parts that have touched and throw the contaminated parts away.
9. Does this mean you're a picky eater?Giphy
Absolutely not! I might be picky about the layout of my plate, but I am a true foodie. I can eat pretty much anything.
10. Is that the only eating quirk you have?Giphy
On top of not liking my food touch, I also have to eat one item at a time, and it usually from least favorite to favorite. For example, say I had a plate with steak, potatoes, and broccoli on it. I would probably eat it in the order of all of the broccoli, all of the potatoes, and then the steak.
Yeah, it is all very weird, but I don't mind. I know there are others out there like me, so here's to all of the people who suffer from Brumotactillophobia.
Thanksgiving is a beautiful, unique and American holiday. Thanksgiving is about food, about family, but especially is about being thankful. I know, we spend a lot of our time complaining about several things, our job, our professor, our boss, our partner, our family, ourselves, our politicians, our favorite artist, our car and much more.
We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair. We have many reasons to say thanks; I give you thirty-three. Here are my reasons to be thankful (and I think they are yours too):
1. Our family. Even if you don’t like them, they made you like you are.
2. To be alive. You may not like your life, but it is an opportunity.
3. To live in the US. Have you seen all the people in the world who want to live here? The US is a country full of opportunities.
4. Our jobs. I don’t like mine either, but it pays my bill, and it reminds me I can do something better.
5. Our schools/colleges/universities. We are so lucky because we have the chance to study.
6. To vote. It took thousands of years to get the right to vote and chose our representatives, governors, presidents, senator and others (if you’re a woman or part of a minority you must be more thankful).
7. For Facebook. The best way to know our friends and relatives’ lives
8. For our favorite TV shows. We are living in the golden age of TV; we are so lucky (and we have TV Reboots & Revivals).
9. We can dream. We can change our lives; we can choose our destiny. Half of the people in the world do not have that chance.
10. For love. It does not matter if you have a partner or you don’t; enjoy the fact you have your stories and you will have more.
11. For babies, puppies, cats and dogs. What would we do with all those hours watching their videos on Youtube?
12. Free sexuality. We are living in the time where you can be anything you want, and you can love anybody you want. Just think, fifty years ago, we were prisoners of society.
13. “Game of Thrones” is back in April 2019. We have been waiting too long.
14. For books. Reading makes us better people.
15. For Instagram. Food never was more important than now. IG is the best way to know how our celebrities’ lives are.
16. For our friends. I cannot imagine my life without my friends; they are my rock and the best support in the worse moments.
17. For Netflix. How did we spend our Sundays before?
18. We are the last generation who can handle climate change and save the world.
19. For Christmas.
20. For your kids. I am talking about your own, your nephews, nieces, siblings, godchildren, step kids, even your neighbors.
21. For alcohol and all the good memories (and really bad decisions), it made us have.
22. Freedom of the press. Today more than any other time we must be thankful about freedom of the press (and we must protect it).
23. For our health. Even if you are not completely healthy, you are in the era where medicine is available and improving every second.
24. For #Metoo movement. Finally, we can share our experiences and stop them for the next generations.
25. For traveling. You can go to Australia, Madagascar, France or Chile if you want. There are no limits.
26. For freedom.
27. For second chances. We all need them in all the moments of our lives.
28. For food. Because it makes our lives better and delicious.
29. For memes. Now each picture has a huge potential to be famous.
30. For God or the Gods. Be thankful because you have somebody who listens to your prays.
31. For the Future. Because we can make it.
32. For the past. Because it is our history.
33. For the present. We are living the best of all the times. Today, most of the social movements have had important advances. It is easier to be a woman, a minority, a refugee, an immigrant or have a disability.
Yes, probably I am missing some important motives to be thankful which means there are dozens of more reasons. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!