What do we have to be thankful for? Well, for being not quite as goofy as some of our fellow humans:
An early Thanksgiving celebration in Eugene, Oregon, caused a big fire at a house that had just been built.
A cement worker marking the holiday set up a propane fryer inside the new house's garage. Workers took turns watching the kettle.
But the fryer's thermometer was broken. Workers said oil inside the kettle overheated, spilled onto the burner and caught fire. The flames spread from the garage up the front of the house to the second floor.
Fire officials estimated damage at about $75,000 dollars. The house hadn't been sold and was insured.
Undaunted, the workers bought a second turkey and cooked it in the backyard of a house across the street.
I can't quite imagine deep fryed turkey. It's kind of a symbol of disgusting overconsumption. Speaking of which:
A day before millions of Americans sit down to eat traditional Thanksgiving dinners, a Virginia woman grabbed the world turkey-eating title on Wednesday by gobbling down a whole roast bird in 12 minutes.
Sonya Thomas, 37, who weighs just 105 pounds (47.5 kg), beat seven men in the annual Thanksgiving Invitational: a race to eat a 10-pound (4.5-kg) turkey.
The smallest in the field, Thomas put her victory down to "swallowing fast."
"It was very dry and the skin was very dry," said Thomas, holding her trophy, a roasting pan, over her head. "I just tried to eat fast."
Venerated in competitive eating circles as "The Black Widow", the Alexandria, Virginia woman said she trained for the event, held at a delicatessen in New York, by chewing gum to get her jaw in top form.
Only in America can someone be "venerated" for being a pig. Speaking of pigs:
In the family/romantic comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours," Dennis Quaid looked forward to playing opposite screen wife Rene Russo, but found that an intimate moment with a pig was also part of the deal.
The remake of the 1968 film stars Quaid as Frank Beardsley, a widower with eight kids who marries widow Helen North (Russo), who has 10 kids. Blending the two families also means combining a menagerie of household pets including dogs, cats, a hamster and one amorous pig named Fiona.
"They smeared stuff on my lips just so the pig would find it appetizing. It was like out of a garbage can," says Quaid. "Not only that, but she had gas. After about three takes, you'd have this big pig fart. It was a low, a nadir point in my career."