Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 21, 2012
November 21, 2012
We mentioned this earlier, but you never have it on hand when you need it: any questions about that big 'ol bird? Call the Butterball Turkey Talk Line, designed to answer questions asked by the poultry impaired (c'mon admit it --you left the gizzards inside at least once!): 1-800-BUTTERBALL between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm (Eastern), through Thanksgiving Day, or hit up the website any time: butterball.com.
Or you could call the government. Believe it or not, the Agriculture Department has a hotline open YEAR-ROUND from 10 am till 4 pm (Eastern) to help and offer cooking tips.1-888-674-6854. (Maiman)
Questions received by the Butterball Turkey Hotline (Maiman):
--"If I put my phone in the turkey, can you tell me if it's done?"
--"I've never cooked a turkey before. Is it like cooking a raccoon?"
--"Given the current market, am I better off renting a turkey?"
--"It's GUY FIERI. Is it good manners to invite the NY Times food critic over for Thanksgiving dinner and serving him some inappropriately rubbed brisket?
--"When will the 2013 models be released?"
--"Can I buy an extended warranty for my turkey?"
--"What's the best kind of stuffing to shoot from a cannon?"
--"Did you know your telephone number is one off from the gutterball bowling hotline?"
--"JILL KELLEY here --how big a turkey should I get for 47 hungry generals and all their mistresses?"
--"Transfer me to the gravy department!"
The U-S Census Bureau loves to tabulate obscure statistics related to some 20 holidays throughout the year; Thanksgiving is no exception. The typical American eats 13.7 pounds of turkey and 4.7 pounds of sweet potatoes annually.
A survey from the Lenox China Company about Turkey Day revealed the following:
--90 percent eat turkey
--9 percent eat ham
--2 percent will also serve pork or beef
--and 1 percent will serve chicken
America's favorite pies:
--Pumpkin, 63 percent
--Apple, 26 percent
--Pecan, 7 percent
--lemon meringue, 6 percent
--sweet potato, 5 percent
--chocolate cream, 4 percent
--coconut custard, 3 percent
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $250 million ($166.8 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 175.2 million.
As if the 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert couldn't get any bigger, it looks like THE ROLLING STONES may join the lineup. The band has a gig in Newark, New Jersey, the next day, so they could very well stop by Madison Square Garden for a number or two. Or, maybe it will just be MICK and KEITH. They were part of The Concert For New York City 11 years ago. Organizers say the concert will be aired live on TV and radio, but the details haven't been worked out yet. (Marino)
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