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Hold your horses; we’re not in a race.

Get that drumstick away from your face.

Now put your fork down, and stop making that frown.

You can eat when we finish the grace.

— F.R. Duplantier


The National Turkey Federation (NTF) says nearly 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, so it comes as no surprise that during the last year some 235 million turkeys were consumed in the United States.

The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds, meaning that approximately 690 million pounds of turkey will be consumed in the United States on this Thanksgiving Day.

Afterwards, of course, millions of Americans will be ready for a nap. In fact, most people report drowsiness after eating Thanksgiving dinner, although it has nothing to do with turkey.

“While turkey often receives the blame, studies suggest that carbohydrate-rich meals may cause sleepiness by increasing the number of tryptophans in the brain,” according to the NTF. “Therefore, the unusually large, multi-coursed, carbohydrate-rich meal most people eat on Thanksgiving is more likely the cause.”

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washington

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