Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll for November. November is a time for beautiful fall days, exciting football games, leaf peeping and then of course leaf raking. It is also known for two very important holidays. After ten years of war, it is especially important to honor our nation's soldiers. We do that on November 11th, Veteran's Day. Formerly known as Armistice Day, it commemorates the cessation of hostilities during World War I that commenced on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. President Wilson noted, "Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service." It was later renamed and expanded to include Veterans of all of our wars. May all those who have served our country be rightfully acknowledged and honored on that day.
And then of course there is Thanksgiving. It is not commercial. It is not owned by any specific religion or group. Like the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth in 1621, it is a time for all of our people to gather together and give thanks for family, friends, food and freedom. What's better than that? To all of you, a most Happy Thanksgiving.
And now the results of our Poll...
Thirty-eight percent of Americans do not believe humans carry Neanderthal genes in their DNA. Thirty-two percent don't think they have it, but think they know people who do. Seventeen percent believe they carry it and that explains a lot. The word Neanderthal is used to portray someone who is crude or old fashioned in their ways (think of guys in man caves on NFL game days). But this race of men couldn't outrun extinction. Maybe during their "last stand" they were able to hook up with homo sapiens in what may have been the first "mixed marriage" and leave a little of themselves behind. If that's true, it may partly explain why beer sales are through the roof during football season.