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Turkey Testicle Festival Gets Competition

Festival in suburban Chicago has an imitator in East Dundee

(Newser) - The owner of a suburban Chicago pub that has held an annual Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years isn't testy at all that a nearby community plans to host its own celebration of the unusual dish this November. J.R. Westberg, who owns the Parkside Pub in Huntley, told... More »

How Did Turkeys Double in Size?

No, they didn't just get hungry

(Newser) - In the 1930s, the average Thanksgiving turkey weighed 13.2 pounds. Today, the average bird weighs in at more than twice that amount: a whopping 29.8 pounds. No, they didn't just get hungry. As Mother Jones reports, American poultry farms began breeding the birds for size and speed... More »

PETA Demands Turkey Memorial; Utah: Uh, No

UDOT scotches request to honor hundreds of turkeys who died in tractor-trailer accident

(Newser) - A week and a half ago, a tractor-trailer plunged into a reservoir in Utah, killing more than 700 of the 720 souls aboard. Those souls were turkeys, and as such PETA wasted no time in requesting that the Utah Department of Transportation put up a roadside memorial to commemorate "... 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 »

PETA to Obama: Don't Pardon the Turkey

It makes a joke of the 'mass slaughter,' says group

(Newser) - President Obama will do the annual pardon-the-turkey thing today, and one group you might not expect is raising objections: PETA. The animal-rights group sent a letter to Obama complaining that the ceremony "makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds," reports the Hill... More »

Obama Pardons 'Liberty'

Thanksgiving turkey catches a break

(Newser) - Two lucky ducks, er, turkeys dodged a dark fate this year. Liberty, who is 19 weeks old and weighs 45 pounds, received a presidential Thanksgiving pardon; her alternate, Peace, also got one, USA Today notes. President Obama said it was his latest “executive order” that didn’t require Congressional... More »

Turkey Pardon as Barbaric as Death Penalty

Thanksgiving tradition a reminder of 'arbitrary' punishment: Justin Smith

(Newser) - On the surface, the annual presidential pardon of a turkey may be all in fun, but it’s also a disturbing reminder of the continued existence of the death penalty in this country. The pardon makes light of “the strange power vested in politicians to decide the earthly fates... More »

This Year's Top Liberal Turkeys

Stimulus, President O-bow-ma get top billing

(Newser) - As we await tomorrow’s feast, conservative pundit Michelle Malkin gives us something to gnaw on, running down the year’s top turkeys:
  • The stimulus: The “Generational Theft Act” isn’t even a turkey, but a “Turbaconducken—the heart attack-inducing dish of roasted chicken stuffed inside a duck
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Bizarre Political Moments of '08

Weird doings with Hillary, Huck and a chucked shoe

(Newser) - Oh-eight was a banner year for politics, and half the time it was a really strange banner. Politico looks back on the weirdest moments in a topsy-turvy year.
  • Mike Huckabee holds a news conference to announce he won’t run a negative ad, then plays the ad for everyone.
  • Desperate
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Meet Tom, Your New Pet

For some Americans, turkeys are to be adopted, not eaten

(Newser) - This is generally not the best of days for turkeys, though some have it better than others. The New York Times takes a look at several families who have spared turkeys the knife—by adopting them. "I instantly, totally fell in love, and now I just want to stay... More »

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