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3 Dead After Community Thanksgiving Meal

But it's unclear whether the dinner is to blame

(Newser) - Three people died and another five were hospitalized after a community Thanksgiving dinner in Antioch, Calif., but health authorities can't say for sure whether the meal is to blame. One other leading theory: All eight lived at the same nursing facility and might have consumed something there that made... More »

5 Tips to Avoid Poisoning Your Thanksgiving Guests

Unless, of course, you want to poison them, in which case, wash that turkey bird

(Newser) - It's almost Thanksgiving, that special time of year in which Americans join hands around a dead stuffed bird, imbibe copious amounts of alcohol, argue politics, field invasive questions from boundaryless relatives, and give thanks that the holiday is annual rather than quarterly. Or maybe that's just our house.... More »

Neiman Marcus Hawking a Poor Man's Staple—for $66

Or you can buy Thanksgiving dinner for the low, low price of $495, plus shipping

(Newser) - Not yet mastered the art of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey? Neiman Marcus can help you out—for a price. As part of its Christmas Book of fantasy gifts, the department store chain is offering a " Holiday Turkey Dinner " for $495 plus shipping, complete with a 12-pound roast turkey,... More »

Turkey Emergency? Butterball Adds Texting Help Line

So you can get help without having to actually speak to anyone

(Newser) - Every year since 1981, Butterball opens a help line in the days before Thanksgiving so struggling cooks can call in with questions about how to avoid ruining their turkey. This year, for the first time, the company has added a texting option, Business Insider reports. If you have turkey questions... More »

Cops: Man Stabbed for Eating Holiday Meal Early

Authorities say assailant was his hungover girlfriend

(Newser) - On the plus side, a 47-year-old woman in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., really wanted to share Thanksgiving dinner with her boyfriend. Which is why Jacklyn Blake became enraged after waking from a nap to discover that he had started the meal without her, say police. Blake allegedly stabbed him in the chest... More »

LA to Protesters: No Need to Pay Bail, Go Eat Dinner

Those arrested in Ferguson protests get a reprieve

(Newser) - "We have every legal right to keep them until they post bail," says a Los Angeles police commander—but the city won't. People who are currently in jail after being arrested in Los Angeles while protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision are being released in time for... More »

What the Obamas Are Eating Today: A Whole Lot of Pie

Six kinds, plus turkey

(Newser) - Mac and Cheese may have escaped the oven thanks to the president, but some other fowl won't be so lucky. CBS News shares the holiday menu released by the White House; the Obamas plan to dine with family and friends. Mac and cheese of the pasta variety will... 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 »

Most Terrible Place to Have Thanksgiving? Ohio

Based on odds of political arguments, binge drinking, and more

(Newser) - We're all aware of the many potential pitfalls of Thanksgiving: the political arguments, the drunk-uncle factor, the football losses. Now, the real-estate blog Estately has figured out, based on the confluence of such factors, just which states have the highest risk for terrible turkey dinners. The site looked at... More »

Your Turkey Is Probably From Minnesota

State has way more turkeys than people

(Newser) - Minnesota has about 5.5 million people—and has produced about 45 million turkeys this year. In fact, almost one in five of the country's turkeys comes from the state, Vocativ reports. The total number of turkeys forecast to be raised in the US this year, according to the... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Election Is Ruining Thanksgiving

Political conversations among relatives can be icky

(Newser) - The AP confirms what many may already be thinking: Thanksgiving is going to stink this year. After such a heated election, many part-Democrat, part-Republican families will likely be passing the green bean casserole ... and passing angry political barbs back and forth. As proof, the AP takes an in-advance peek at... More »

Thanksgiving Day: Really 4,500 Calories?

One reporter puts it to the test

(Newser) - So, you've heard that Americans typically wolf down more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day? That's what the Calorie Control Council says, but Tara Parker-Pope at the New York Times was skeptical. So she cooked up a highly indulgent Thanksgiving meal, including 6 ounces of turkey with... More »

Pat Robertson: Is Mac & Cheese 'a Black Thing'?

'700 Club' host sticks foot in mouth again

(Newser) - Pat Robertson and his always wacky quotes are back. On the 700 Club Wednesday, after watching a segment in which co-host Kristi Watts discussed Thanksgiving foods such as mac and cheese with Condoleezza Rice, Robertson was simply baffled. Turning to Watts, he asked, “What is this mac and cheese,... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Serves Thanksgiving Meal to Troops

Congresswoman visits Air Force base in Tucson

(Newser) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown of Tucson. Giffords arrived in the dining hall at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at midday wearing a ball cap and an apron with her nickname of "Gabby" sewn on... More »

Save Your Heart: Walk Before the Big Meal

Exercise 12 hours before eating lessens spike in dangerous fats

(Newser) - The best time to walk off a gut-busting Thanksgiving dinner is at least 12 hours before you eat it, researchers say. Studies have found that light exercise, like a half-hour walk, done 12 to 16 hours before a big meal significantly reduces the post-meal spike in a type of fat... More »

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