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Michael Dukakis Wants Your Turkey Bones

He's got a soup recipe to share

(Newser) - Michael Dukakis would have been one of America's thriftiest presidents, judging by what he does with Thanksgiving turkeys: He saves all the carcasses he can get to make soup with, and this year, he's probably going to have more than usual. The former Massachusetts governor tells the Boston ... More »

Don't Blame Sleepiness After Turkey Dinner on Tryptophan

The amino acid has gotten a bad rap—but there's more to the story

(Newser) - Succumbing to Mr. Sandman after a hearty turkey dinner isn't tryptophan's fault. At least, not totally, reports the New York Times , which has done its due diligence in compiling plenty of other sources that back up its stop-blaming-tryptophan campaign. The amino acid found in turkey—and long the... More »

Obama Pardons 'Abe' the Turkey, and the Chinese ... Gloat

That was Abe as in Abe Lincoln, but the Chinese had a different interpretation

(Newser) - President Barack Obama's pardoning of a turkey named "Abe" this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister's expense. As part of a peculiar annual tradition at the White House, Obama on Wednesday granted amnesty from the dinner table to two turkeys named... More »

GOP Aide Backtracks on 'Class' Dig at Obama Kids

Elizabeth Lauten's comments to bored Sasha and Malia inspired backlash

(Newser) - President Obama trotted out his daughters for the sixth pardon of a turkey of his tenure, and when they, like much of the rest of the nation, appeared bored by the tradition , a congressional aide created a stir by publicly taking offense, reports the Washington Post . In a Facebook post... 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 »

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 »

Obama Pardons Turkeys; Sasha, Malia Not Impressed

Malia passes on petting 'Cheese'

(Newser) - "I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked-about executive action this month," President Obama quipped yesterday as he pardoned a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys named Mac and Cheese. He admitted that he found the Pardoning of the National Turkey "a little... More »

Disney's Hot Attraction: Jumbo Turkey Legs?

'Caveman pops' have become part of the park experience

(Newser) - Sure, there are the rides, sights, and costumed characters—but a decidedly low-tech wonder has become all the rage at North American Disney parks: turkey legs. "It’s a chance to channel my inner cave woman," one visitor tells the New York Times , which reports that by year'... 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 »

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 »

'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 »

More Birds Will Be Boiled Alive After USDA Change

Factories to be able to process 175 a minute, up from 140

(Newser) - An Agriculture Department plan to speed up poultry processing will result in more chickens and turkeys dying painful deaths, experts warn. Almost a million birds are already boiled alive every year when they are improperly shackled to the processing line, meaning they elude the automatic blade and are still alive... More »

A First for Butterball Turkey Help Line: Male Operators

And a male spokesperson, too

(Newser) - This year if you call Butterball's Turkey Talk Line for some cooking advice, you might get a male voice on the line. For the first time, Butterball is enlisting the help of men as well as women for its Turkey Talk Line during the holidays. And the turkey purveyor... More »

Consumer Reports: Ground Turkey Rife With Germs

No horse meat, but more than half positive for fecal bacteria

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that any ground turkey you buy at the supermarket is laden with potentially dangerous bacteria, says Consumer Reports . Its first report on turkey meat gets off to a happy start by noting that "more than half of the packages of raw ground meat and... More »

10 Weird Thanksgiving Facts

It was supposed to be a day for fasting...

(Newser) - Thanksgiving feasts and TV dinners may seem like polar opposites, but in fact, the holiday gave birth to the prepackaged meals. Swanson bought way too much turkey in 1953—an extra 260 tons of it—so a salesman suggested packing the leftovers into 5,000 aluminum trays, accompanied by sweet... More »

Cops: Neighbor Kills Family's Pet Turkey

Also, Obama cracks wise about Nate Silver while pardoning two birds

(Newser) - A Florida man thought he found a cheap way to put a turkey on the table for Thanksgiving: He admitted to police that he snuck onto his neighbors' property with a friend and killed a bird with a bow and arrow, reports the Pensacola News Journal . The problem is that... More »

Please, End the White House Turkey Pardon

It's reached new levels of absurdity: Peter Grier

(Newser) - OK, this presidential turkey pardon thing is getting ridiculous: This year, the tradition involves two birds, a contest, and Facebook profiles including details about the fowl (like a love of Carly Simon one of the turkeys supposedly has). "This isn’t a lighter moment in a president’s otherwise... More »

PETA Serves 'Baby' for Thanksgiving Dinner

Calm down, it's just a doll

(Newser) - Thanksgiving might just be PETA’s least favorite holiday , and to air their disapproval this year, activists served “baby” for Thanksgiving dinner at displays in Philadelphia and Baltimore. They set up a Thanksgiving spread on a sidewalk, the group’s media coordinator explains to the Los Angeles Times , except... More »

PETA to Turkey, Texas: Change Name to 'Tofurky'

Animal rights group promises vegan feast for all residents if city complies

(Newser) - Apparently, going after a video game character wasn’t the only publicity stunt this week: Now PETA has petitioned Turkey, Texas, to rename itself … wait for it … "Tofurky." Of course, the change would just be for Thanksgiving, explains the animal rights group in a letter to... More »

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