I originally posted this article several days ago into the soc.culture.soviet newsgroup as a response to a question "What the hell are pilgrims?" posted by someone (who genuinly didn't know) in the context of "American Dream" chat. Pilgrims were the guys in stupid-looking black hats who basically put together foundation of the American Values System. That happened somewhere in New England. They invented the Thanksgiving Day tradition, the ceremony initially being rather ascetic: the thanksgivers were supposed to eat a turkey and then throw the remaining bones to the thankstakers - a few surviving Indi... sorry, Native Americans. The concept of the "American Dream" that Zak was referring to was also defined by pilgrims. The full "wish list" is kept in Washington right next to the original Constitution. It can be also found in almost any college history textbook. It reads: "We the Pilgrims, members of The Stupid Hat And Long Black Coat Order, hereby declare heredeclared Herecanonized Canonic American Dream as one including all the hereinto included as herefollows: 1. One shall own a house to house his immediate family with an attached garage to garage his immediate station-wagon. 2. The said one together with the abovementioned family shall eat a stuffed turkey with cranberry sause and mashed multiple instances of a potato at least twice a year. 3. One shall have enough income to be able to send his offspring off to college as soon as they start to ask where the babies come from. In the case of one not having income sufficient for the stated purpose one may have to find out the truth and tell it to the offspring in question.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)