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Ten Thanksgiving Record Breakers

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Ten Thanksgiving Record Breakers

Heaviest Sweet Potato

Lebanese farmer Khalil Semhat grew a giant sweet potato in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre on December 6, 2008. Semhat’s massive tubular root was a staggering 24.9 pounds. Yum, that would taste awesome with the world’s largest marshmallow!

Largest Fake Turkey

The town of Frazee, Minnesota — known as the Turkey Capital of the World — hosts a giant representation of the flightless fowl. Big Tom,as he is called, stands 22 feet tall and is known as a popular roadside attraction, or it could be that bench.

Largest Pumpkin Pie

The largest pumpkin pie weighed 2,020 pounds and measured 12 feet, 1 inch long. It was baked by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers on October 8, 2005.

Not just any giant food anomaly, THIS pie is recognized by the Guinness World Records.

Most Fattening Turkey Recipe

What’s Thanksgiving without a heart-stopping, artery-clogging, food-coma-inducing dish? This one’s called Turbaconducken — a chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey, all wrapped in bacon. Be sure to have paramedics standing by.

Fastest Turkey Plucker

On November 17, 1980, Vincent Pilkington proved to the world that he could pluck a turkey faster than anyone on earth. And oddly enough, some people actually cared. Pilkington of County Cavan, Ireland, can pluck a turkey clean in a record 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Largest Turkey

The largest turkey on record weighed in at 86 pounds in 1989. Tyson, as he was named, was raised by Philip Cook of Britain. Not only was this gobbler the largest, he was also the most expensive. Tyson was auctioned off to charity for a whopping $6,692.

Biggest Thanksgiving Movie Box Office

This movie was NO turkey. In 1999, the top grossing Thanksgiving movie was “Toy Story 2,” grossing $80 million — breaking the last Thanksgiving record when “Back to the Future II” debuted on Thanksgiving weekend, 1989.

Fastest Turkey Carver

Want to get Dad into the Thanksgiving competitive spirit? Tell him about turkey farmer Paul Kelly. This year, Kelly set the Guinness World Record for the fastest carving of a turkey — putting together 14 portions in exactly 3 minutes and 19 seconds. Beat that, Pops.

Largest Pumpkin

Christy Harp brought a 1,725-pound pumpkin to the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers on October 3, 2009. Don’t know if she hooked up with the world’s biggest pumpkin pie peeps.

Most Famous Thanksgiving Painting

Painted as part of a series for the Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell’s iconic portrait of a family feast is one of the most popular images of Thanksgiving. Originally titled “Freedom from Want,” the image painted in 1943 has become known as the “Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.” Over the decades, it’s been reproduced and parodied by everyone from Mickey Mouse to the Simpsons.

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Pie November 24, 2009, 11:42 AM

Why would you pluck a turkey in front of other turkeys?? That’s just plain out wrong. Poor things.

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Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 2:24 PM

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