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If you're worried about running out of Thanksgiving conversation topics once you've used up Black Friday and football ("How 'bout those Lions?" etc.), try sharing some of the fun facts Mental Floss' John Green compiled about the holiday.

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John Green and Connor Franta

William T. Shorey (1859 – 1919) was a late 19th Century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab. He was born in Barbados July 13, 1859 and spent his life at sea. He became the only black captain operating on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885. Black history album

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Vintage 1930's African American Black Child Baseball Studio Photograph

Vintage 1930's African American Black Child

Rare to see such a fun expression in a picture from the 1800's

Lucille Baldwin Brown, the first black public county librarian, ca 1940s by State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr

Milky pens… 90's kids stuff. I really do miss them and the black paper notebooks that they were made to write on so they'd show up better...

First Black women to vote in Ettrick, Virginia, 1920 These women, left to right, are Eva Conner, Evie Carpenter, Odelle Green, Virginia Mary Branch, Anna Lindsay, Edna Colson, Edwina Wright, Johnella Frazer, and Nannie Nichols,

Women of Fauberg Treme, New Orleans and their dog. Faubourg Tremé is the oldest black neighborhood in America, and the origin of the southern civil rights movement and the birthplace of jazz.