On May 12, 1846 two pioneer families and their assorted posse left Independence, Missouri, following a long wagon train westward to California along the legendary Oregon Trail. While nobody remembers the Reeds, that other family name is well known in American history for all the wrong reasons….. the Donners. Yes, this is the Donner Party that wound up snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains over the ensuing winter and resorted to eating whatever edibles they had around, including expired members.
While the Donner Party suffered a long string of misfortunes along the way that claimed the lives of 39 of its 87 members, what sealed their fate was bad advice on a “shortcut” off the Oregon Trail known as the Hastings Pass. The rugged terrain of the pass put them a month behind schedule and is the sole reason they were unable to beat the winter snows before reaching California. Just remember the fate of the Donner Party the next time someone tips you off to a shortcut….
And now it’s time to stop wondering where on earth Timothy went and answer this week’s Share Your World questions! Hosted as always by Melanie….
What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back?
Preheat your oven, then adopt a pet.
What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you?
That most of my Shelf critters are naked…….. and male.
If Australia (including New Zealand
and Tasmania – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?
I admitted in my Millionaire Journey that I’m not good with food trivia…
Let’s see, there’s English muffins, Irish stew, German chocolate, Brazil nuts, Italian sausage and American cheese. I guess Australia can have the yam, because you know about yams….
What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times?
Goldilocks would have taken a selfie of herself eating Baby Bear’s porridge and gotten gruesomely mauled while she was distracted…
Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas?
There are no embarrassing or inappropriate places to perform necessary bodily functions.
If you celebrate it, how was your Mother’s Day?
Well, it was better than last year when I spent the morning in the ER. Of course, I’m not really a mother, I just always get called one…..
Bonus: Mothers Day on The Shelf!
we remember the donner-story… it’s amazing that no one remembers the names of those who completed their mission but the ones who failed are in our mind forever… well… that gives us hope LOL
Either win big or fail big! Everyone else is just a nobody….
I read a history of the Donner party – horrific. Spent Christmas one year in that place, cross-country skiing, and with lots of normal food to eat!
Thank goodness they modernized the menu there!
Thanks Bill for Sharing Your World! The Donner Party were grossly misled (literally) by some yahoo with no sense of direction. And I suppose, if starvation was on the menu, that ol’ Fatty Poorboy would look mighty tasty given enough time to adjust to it. I associate cannibalism with something like eating rattlesnake. Don’t think about WHAT it is, just fixate on chicken, because EVERYTHING tastes like chicken.. Little factoid you won’t care about but I’m offering it all the same: Mormons are good at ‘fasting’. But fasting for 18 days could kill a person. Where’s that magic sprout the kid in the “Golden Child” nibbled on for his own incarceration? You are only the second in a very exclusive club to not mention hamburgers when talking about USA food types. Bravo! 😀 I think Mitzi enjoys having a whole shelf of ‘sausage’ all to herself. And fortunately menopause doesn’t strike mythical beings like cute stuffed unicorns who are hornier than usual…so there’s no loss of libido for those nekkid male shelf critters. Although Big Scrat appears to enjoy “the love that dare not speak it’s name”. 🤣 Have a great week and thanks for the cartoon as well! That’s something I look forward to when your post airs! 🙂
If I had answered the food Q straight, I would have almost certainly said hamburgers. Other than the aforementioned chicken (The real deal, not that “tastes like” stuff), hamburger is one of my core food groups. It’s ironic, because I HATE cheese… which Mickey Dee’s loves putting on your hamburgers even if you specifically state you want it LEFT OFF!
I have come to really dislike hamburgers. Too many carbs for one thing (those big buns are usually just a wee bit stale and get dried out from sitting under the heat lamp) and the quality of a hamburger at a fast food joint is questionable at best. I don’t mind one now and then if I cook it. But even with 96/4 ratio of meat to grease, it’s still too much grease. I opt for the grilled chicken if forced to eat a fast food sandwich. Which they also screw up the order more than half the time on. NO MAYO please means NO MAYO EVER! 😂
German chocolate – is that a thing? Now, Swiss chocolate, Belgian chocolate…
We people from England call “English” muffins… muffins! I guess context determines whether they’re the toasting kind or the choc chip/blueberry kind, though I guess it does lead to some disappointments…
Well, I know there’s German chocolate cake…. but I guess in Germany they just call it chocolate cake.
Oh yes loved the BONUS flashback Mom’s Day post…..an epic piece of Evil Squirrel history.
2018 was a good year for SCT, maybe not so much for the shelf mothers….
Fascinating info on the Donner’s. Makes you wonder if they might have been the inspiration for some GPS apps that take you on a drive about, no doubt making some millennial geek tickled pink for messing with older people’s psyches who may be fundamentally challenged when it comes to mapping out a route to avoid the worst of rush hour.