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Thanksgiving facts and fun


*It's often reported the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year, not so according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation. More people may fly on Wednesday, but when you add up all the different modes of transportation-- Thanksgiving is actually a busier travel day.

*Flying, or expecting Thanksgiving guests on a flight? You might want to check in on the FAA's Flight Delay Information website to find out how long you may be waiting.

*You can also follow the progress of specific flights on sites like FlightStats or FlightAware.

*If you need to hit the road, make sure you watch out for drowsy drivers. Rushing around for the holidays can leave people sleep-deprived. HealthDay News has more on what you need to know about drowsy drivers and making sure you don't become one yourself.

*Did Benjamin Franklin really propose the turkey as the official national bird? You can find the answer to that and all the Thanksgiving trivia you'll need to impress your dinner guests at the National Turkey Foundation's website. Or, you can take a look at Thanksgiving by the numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and find out how many millions of turkeys are raised in this nation and where you can find the four places in the U.S. named Turkey.

*Are you lucky enough to have someone else making Thanksgiving dinner for you? You could practice wild turkey calls while you wait. Visit the National Wild Turkey Foundation for some inspiration.

*Before you put that turkey in the oven, you should make sure your kitchen is squeaky clean. HealthDay News has more tips to make sure your feast is healthy.

*Turkey emergency? Whether it's your first time cooking a turkey, or you're an old pro, you may have some questions. The people at Butterball want to help. You can visit their holiday how-to guide, or call their turkey hotline at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. You can also find cooking safety information on the USDA's Let's Talk Turkey poultry preparation guide.

*Everyone knows the turkey is the star of the show, but some people are secretly there for the side dishes. Need some ideas on what to serve with your bird? Ideas That Spark has some suggestions.

*It may be the most challenging Thanksgiving event-- carving the bird. If you're a novice, WikiHow and eHow have step-by-step instructions on how to carve a picture-perfect turkey.

*When the bird is served, how do you get everyone to put down their smartphones, tablets and other devices? Digital Trends has tips to help everyone disconnect and enjoy some family time.

*Dinner's over, so what will you do with all those leftovers? Here are some ideas from Ideal Home and Garden.

*Now, how will you burn off that delicious dinner and pecan pie? You're probably too stuffed to do anything but walk. So you can plug your dinner into About.com's Thanksgiving Calorie Counter to see how far you'll have to march to burn off that bird. You may be surprised at the distance you'll need to go.

*With dinner over and the dishes done, some people will start plotting their Black Friday shopping strategy. If you plan to hit the stores, you're actually in the minority. According to Consumer Reports, 56 percent of adults surveyed said they had no intention of setting foot in a store anytime over the Black Friday weekend. Read the article on Consumer Reports to find out why, and for tips on how to get the best deals if you do plan to shop.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at WCAX!

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