Thanksgiving: Facts, Myths, Tips and Trivia

How to cut a turkey the Republican way: give 1% of your guests 99% of the meat ~ Andy Borowitz

Happy Thanksgivings Everyone! … It’s time to put aside our differences and hit the pause button on everyday life to reflect on what we’re really thankful for.

It turns out, counting your blessings has real health benefits. Grateful people “feel more alert, alive, interested, enthusiastic. They also feel more connected to others,” said University of California, Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons, author of two books on the science of gratitude, in an Associated Press article this week. “Gratitude also serves as a stress buffer … Grateful people are less likely to experience envy, anger, resentment, regret and other unpleasant states that produce stress.”

That effect extends to adolescents, as well. A study published last year in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that grateful kids had higher GPAs and life satisfaction, and were less envious and depressed than their less-grateful peers.

When the original Thanksgiving diners got up from the table in 1621 to loosen their belts, nutritionists estimate that they had ingested about 550 calories per person, the equivalent of eating a burrito from Taco Bell. Flash forward 400 years, and Thanksgiving dinners now pack a 2,000-to-3,000-calorie punch. And while the Pilgrims struggled to grow enough food to survive, the United States now produces so much food that Americans waste 40% of it—about $100 billion worth a year.

Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. And that did happen – once.

The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery.

Find out the real story of Thanksgiving: Manataka American Indian Council … We need to learn our true history so it won’t ever be repeated.

Ever Wondered Where Your Thanksgiving Turkey Comes From?
Clik here if you want to see how your turkey gets made

Here Is The YouTube Clip Everyone Wants To See Every Thanksgiving
Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song” has been the most-searched for Thanksgiving-related clip for the past two years.

This proves the comedian had some high points before the abomination that is “Jack and Jill.”

Here’s the song:

PETA Serves ‘Baby’ for Thanksgiving Dinner
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 instead of a turkey there’s a “baby in the middle” of the table, he says. Of course, it’s just a doll.

Turducken, Tofurky And 11 More Extreme Turkey Variations:
Products like turducken and tofurky, once Thanksgiving novelties, have become commonplace enough that we can no longer consider them extreme.
Click To View Images Of 11 More Extreme Turkey Variations:
1 >> Deep Fried Buffalo Turkey
Deep fried turkey is too popular (and dangerous!) these days to be considered an extreme turkey variation. Last year, J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats went one step further: a buffalo deep fried turkey. After admitting that deep fried turkey is awesome, he found even more joy thanks to Frank’s Red Hot.
2 >> The TurDunkin’
Unwholesome Foods describes its TurDunkin’ as “a turkey brined in Dunkin’ Donuts coolattas, stuffed with munchkins and served with coffee gravy and mashed hash browns.” Would you eat it? We’re gonna pass.
3 >> Turkey Cake
We would totally eat (or at least try) this turkey cake from There are layers of turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mashed potato “frosting.” The ingredients are usually eaten off a Thanksgiving plate anyway — why not combine?
4 >> The Turbaconepicentipede – Epic Meal Time

5 >> Modernist Cuisine’s Cured, Sous Vise’d Turkey Wing
The recipes in Modernist Cuisine are insanely intricate — which explains why the book took so many years to publish. This gorgeous turkey wing is cured for 24 hours. Then, it is cooked sous vide for 12 hours. Finally, it is pan-fried. The preparation might not be for beginners, but ain’t she a beauty?
6 >> 12-Bird Roast
Don’t worry, this 12-bird roast only takes eight hours to cook, and runs about 50,000 calories. Oh, but expect another three hours to de-bone all the birds.

The birds: 1. Turkey, 2. Goose, 3. Barbary duck, 4. Guinea fowl, 5. Mallard, 6. Poussin, 7. Quail, 8. Partridge, 9. Pigeon squab, 10. Pheasant, 11. Chicken, 12. Aylesbury duck
7 >> Epic Meal Time’s TurBacon
A bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a pig. As is the case with many Epic Meal Time videos, the shock value is high. 79,046 calories is frightening, indeed.
For something just as porky, but a little more realistic, try bacon-wrapped turkey.

8 >> Tofucken
This bizarre-looking turkey was constructed by Stefany Anne Golberg of Table Matters, using roughly 20 ounces each of vegetarian turkey, chicken and duck. She offers step-by-step instruction on her blog.
9 >> Barbecued Turkey
Over at The Awl, Choire Sicha has a pretty hilarious chronicle of how to (or how not to) barbecue a turkey. Here’s how he describes the final product:
Shove the thing on the table. Let it sit there smoldering for 20 minutes. Make someone cut it. The outermost inch of the turkey will taste like BACON. It will taste like eating a wood fire-go figure! It will be like biting down on the forests of Chernobyl. You will pretty much regret ever having done this.
For a more exact recipe, and in a similar vein, perhaps try smoked turkey instead.
10 >> Turducken Variations: The Turdbutt and the Gurducken
The turducken formula knows no limitations as variants proliferate worldwide. The blog Tiger Hawk explains:
Some barbecue aficionados have been known to enclose a turducken in a whole hog, and slow-smoke or pit roast it for large gatherings or festivals. Kansas City Pitmaster “Schedule Peter” Pookie Thornhill was credited in 2006 with the invention of the turdbutt, a pork shoulder (or Boston butt), inside a duck, inside a turkey. A further variant is the gurducken, where the external bird is a goose, which is stuffed with a turkey, then a duck, then a chicken. Some chefs “dress up” their turduckens, adding a vest of baby back ribs and/or a bowtie of bacon. The Turducken has also inspired variations, such as the hotchken. A hotchken, known as “the poor man’s turducken,” is a chicken stuffed with hotdogs.
11 >> Churkey/Turken
This chicken that looks like a turkey is a result of a genetic mutation, and it referred to as either a churkey or a turken. It has the neck of a turkey and the body of a chicken. Looks tasty.

Thanksgiving trivia: Questions
1. You know about the Mayflower, but what was the name of the other ship the Pilgrims had planned on carrying then to the New World?
2. What country did the Pilgrims leave from?
3. How many children were born on the Mayflower during the voyage?
4. How many days did it take before the first land fall?
5. John Carver was the first governor of the Plymouth Colony, how many terms did he serve?
6. 102 passengers set sail, 102 passengers made landing (one birth and one death). But how many survived that first winter?
7. What was the name of the tribe that helped the Pilgrims and later celebrated that first Thanksgiving with them?
8. Who was the captain of the Mayflower?

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