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Thanksgiving is over and, if you’re like so many Americans, you’re probably still feeling the bloated effects.

Not a U.S. resident? Well, then maybe you just get to observe turkey feasting and comfort addiction in others.

Either way, these two episodes should still fascinate you.

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We’re super excited about Thanksgiving, because: food. And since every food episode we do gets lots of excited food e-mail, we thought one on Thanksgiving food might be a good plan.

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I can think of lots of Christmas movies. Some New Year’s movies, too. But before recording this podcast, if you’d asked me to name even one Thanksgiving movie, I would have stared at you for a minute before saying, “The Peanuts did a thing, right?” It turns out there are Thanksgiving movies — and the same themes crop up in a lot of them.

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So once more residents of the United States find themselves on a collision course with the Thanksgiving holiday. Some of us make a point of celebrating it, some are obligated and others disregard it as much as possible. Between the traditional turkey gluttony and America’s historical mistreatment of Native Americans, there are certainly some good excuses to abstain. Growing up. I didn’t really care about the whole gratitude thing to be honest. Today, however, it feels appropriate to think a bit about what’s good in life and how little I’ve done to diverse any of it — and it looks like science backs me up on that.

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Whether they’re building blood banks or conveniences like air conditioning and the world wide web, inventors have given us a lot to be thankful for. Tune in and watch as we thank three inventors in particular in this special Thanksgiving episode.

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It’s been an odd week here at HowStuffWorks.com. We’re preparing for the <a href="http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/thanksgiving.htm" target="_blank">Thanksgiving holiday</a> next week. So far, the TechStuff crew has painstakingly determined how turkeys work, whether cranberry sauce makes a good cooling system for your PC and how much pie Chris can eat before he says he’s not feeling well (it’s more than you’d think!). We’re also creeping toward that magical time of year when Chris and I have to revisit the predictions we made for 2010 and consider what technological advancements we’ll see next year. But before we open that can of worms, we have a few other episodes to talk about.

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The holidays can be a lot of fun, bringing joy in many ways. Personally, one of my favorite things about the entire holiday season is the food. OK, I do enjoy eating — but there’s something I enjoy even more — and that’s making all the tasty holiday fare. If you’re like me, you love to cook. But if you’re also like me, sometimes you just don’t have time to do it the way you want to, and you have to find the easiest and FASTEST way from supermarket to dinner table. Typically, the holidays are different. There’s time [or you find a way to make time] to do it all — yes, in true Martha fashion — brining, basting, baking and everything else. But what do you do when you’re hosting and time isn’t on your side?

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In honor of Thanksgiving, here are 5 fun, surprising facts about turkeys: Who would have thought that turkeys were capable of parthenogenesis? Turkey facts – Among other things: “45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving.” More info: Different ways to cook a turkey See also Turkey Trivia: And: Wrong Turkey […]

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Have you ever been to Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass.? I ask this because, you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which got me thinking about pilgrims and whatnot. Also, I went to Plimoth Plantation when I was about eight years old. I remember that the plantation overlooked the ocean, and that the sky and the water were so blue it almost hurt.

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