Extra Credit

Posted By on November 29, 2009

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“Non-traditional Comestibles Suitable for Holiday-specific Ingestion”

.: Before Thanksgiving break, my plant systematics professor told us that if we handed her a list of the scientific names of every plant species we consumed over the holidays we would get extra credit. I toyed with the idea of simply rewriting a recipe to include the latin names but considered that too easy. Instead, I’d have to go all out and write a full-on academic paper of my holiday experience. Since this would also be my first Thanksgiving away from home, I had cause to experiment. What follows, then, is my extra credit assignment:

Thanksgiving celebrations traditionally involve the ceremonial consumption of a flightless avian species, Meleagris gallopavo. Prepared as the centerpiece of an intricate meal that may also include Ipomoea batatas, Cucurbita pepo, Brassica rapa, etc., Meleagris gallopavo is widely perceived as an indispensable component of the holiday’s festivities. Presented here is the first report of a successful Thanksgiving feast lacking Meleagris gallopavo.

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3 Responses to “Extra Credit”

  1. Gigi says:

    The amount of effort and creativity you put into things, even small, is what makes you so awesome, you little twerp.

  2. Sammy says:

    Pretty Funny Cody. I like it. Hopefully we will be able to discuss the latin terms of Christmas if you are to return to Texas for that holiday?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m dying of laughing. But its brilliant.

    What mark did you get? I’m vegetarian, btw

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