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Man Barred from Thanksgiving Pulls Machete on Family: Cops

Knife, baseball bats allegedly found in his van

(Newser) - Authorities say a northern New Jersey man used a machete to threaten a family who excluded him and his son from their Thanksgiving Day celebrations. New Milford police tell NJ.com that 48-year-old Joseph Hoo, of Upper Montclair, was charged with weapons offenses and making terroristic threats. More »

Nasty Note-Writing War Breaks Out on Flight

'Bachelor' producer Elan Gale sends angry woman the 1st note

(Newser) - Ah, the spirit of the season: The producer of ABC's Bachelor and Bachelorette apparently engaged in a bitter note-passing war with a woman who complained about their flight being delayed, Business Insider reports via BuzzFeed . "Today is Thanksgiving!" she cried, according to producer Elan Gale's Twitter... More »

So Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?

And more on Thanksgiving food

(Newser) - The pilgrims may not have eaten any turkey at the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621—no mention of turkey is specifically mentioned in Edward Winslow's account of the feast, but he does mention that a lot of venison was eaten, and they probably ate fish and shellfish as well—... More »

Today Is the Last 'Thanksgivukkah' for 78K Years

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah in rare alignment

(Newser) - Happy Thanksgivukkah! And enjoy it while it lasts, because we’ll have to wait nearly 80 millenia for the next one. This year, Thanksgiving happens to fall on the first day of Hanukkah, pitting the turkey against the dreidel for the first time since 1899. The once-in-a-lifetime combination has spurred... More »

It's Not Really the Turkey That Makes You Tired

It's the mountains of carbs you have with it

(Newser) - Contrary to what you learned while watching Seinfeld , the turkey you're about to eat today is not the true reason why you're bound to crave a nap after dinner. Where the myth stems from: It's true that the amino acid tryptophan is found in turkey, and when... More »

Thanksgiving: The Holiday We Haven't Ruined

It's America's best holiday, Michael Schaffer argues

(Newser) - America is obsessed with holidays, most of which kind of annoy Michael Schaffer at the New Republic one way or another. But not "our greatest holiday," Thanksgiving. "There's no annual slog of parties to get through," no "mistletoe or kiss-at-midnight rituals that leave the... More »

Sears Owner Defies Thanksgiving Order

The day is for family, she tells head office

(Newser) - If you want to go appliance shopping on Thanksgiving evening, forget about doing it at the Sears Hometown store in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Franchise owner Holly Cassiano says it only took a couple of seconds for her to decide to angrily reject the head office's order to open at... More »

5 Things to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

How your turkey was prepared, for one

(Newser) - As you go around the table and express what you're thankful for this year, the regular suspects—your family, good health, the Red Sox's World Series win—will likely make the list. Here are 5 Thanksgiving-specific things to be thankful for that you may not have thought of:... More »

Parade Balloons Will Fly After All

Winds cooperate with NYC festivities

(Newser) - Snoopy, Spider-Man, and the rest of the iconic balloons have gotten the all-clear to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. There were fears the balloons could be grounded if windy conditions from a storm that snarled holiday travel along the East Coast picked up. But... More »

Pizza Hut to Thanksgiving Rebel: Have Your Job Back

Firing a 'serious error,' head office says

(Newser) - Score one for the spend-Thanksgiving-at-home team: A Pizza Hut general manager in Indiana who says he was fired for refusing to open the store today has been told he can have his job back if he wants it. The head office apparently stepped in amid a deluge of bad publicity... More »

Dinner Costs a Little Less This Thanksgiving

Turkey and all the trimmings runs $49.04, 44 cents less than last year

(Newser) - Thanksgiving dinner will cost you a little less this year—44 cents less to be exact—according to a 34-state survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation, picked up by Business Insider . A 10-person feast with turkey and all the trimmings—including stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, veggies, cranberries, and pumpkin... More »

Astronauts' Thanksgiving: Pass the Irradiated Turkey

Two Americans aboard the space station prepare for a feast, sort of

(Newser) - Just because they're about 200 miles above Earth doesn't mean that the two US astronauts aboard the International Space Station won't be able to dig in to a traditional Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, reports Florida Today . Think turkey, yams, green beans, asparagus, baked beans, cobbler, etc. Of course,... More »

5 Stores That Refuse to Open on Black Thursday

Don't line up outside Costco, TJ Maxx, Marshalls

(Newser) - There are plenty of stores ready to compete with Grandma's pumpkin pie tomorrow, but a handful are holding back. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up those that won't be participating in the mayhem of Thanksgiving Day shopping, and notes they may even see a jump in sales on Friday... More »

Pizza Hut GM: I Tried to Close on Thanksgiving, Got Fired

Tony Rohr said employees should get Thanksgiving off

(Newser) - A Pizza Hut general manager didn't think his workers should have to come in on Thanksgiving, and his bosses disagreed. Now, Tony Rohr, whose Elkhart, Indiana, location is owned by Franchise Management Investors US, says he has been fired. After being told that he had to stay open tomorrow,... More »

'Pardoned' Turkeys Swiftly Die

They're simply not bred to live long

(Newser) - President Obama will "pardon" a pair of turkeys today and send them to live at Mount Vernon, and if that gives you a case of the warm fuzzies, you should know that both "Caramel" and "Popcorn" will probably be dead within the year. Every turkey the president... More »

Black Thursday Banned in 3 States

No Thanksgiving Day shopping in Mass., RI, Maine

(Newser) - The spread of Thanksgiving Day shopping has created a lot of fuss this year, but it's not a big issue in Rhode Island, Maine, or Massachusetts—because it's illegal. The three New England states have "blue laws" dating back to colonial times that ban shopping on Thanksgiving... More »

Wall of Storms Threatens Holiday Travel

'Timing couldn't be worse,' weather service says

(Newser) - A wall of storms packing ice, sleet, and rain could upend holiday travel plans as millions of Americans take to the roads, skies, and rails today for Thanksgiving. So far, the deadly storms barreling into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast have not resulted in many flight delays or cancellations, but forecasters... More »

Here's How to Fix 'Black Thursday': Stay Home

Just ... don't ... shop. It's pretty simple: Ellen Galinsky

(Newser) - Based on the Facebook outrage and all the online petitions, a huge chunk of America is pretty upset about the growing trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. But, uh, the way to fix this has nothing to do with signing a petition and posting it on your Facebook wall,... More »

Just in Time for Thanksgiving: A Vicious Nor'easter

Weather service warns storm could snarl travel

(Newser) - A mighty storm is brewing off the East Coast and forecasters fear it could reach land just in time to cause Thanksgiving travel chaos. Weather models suggest a variety of outcomes when the storm moves north and meets a blast of Arctic air, but the most likely one is believed... More »

'Cyber Monday' Set to Smash Records

Online sales expected to hit $1.5B

(Newser) - Black Friday sales were down year-on-year , but this year's Cyber Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history. Spending on the year's most important day for online sales is expected to top last year's $1.25 billion by around 20% to hit $1.... More »

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