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On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

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Feasting on turkey that I've helped cook.
  2400 votes / 12%
Feasting on turkey that someone else has cooked.
  5764 votes / 29%
Feasting and cooking, but no turkeys involved.
  783 votes / 3%
Feasting, no turkeys, and letting someone else cook
  852 votes / 4%
Doing work to cover for everyone feasting.
  788 votes / 3%
Having a mostly uneventful and ordinary day.
  9135 votes / 46%
19722 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • 5+6 (Score:5, Informative)

    by war4peace (1628283) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @04:24PM (#42021529)

    Option 5: Doing work to cover for everyone feasting.
    And option 6: Having a mostly uneventful and ordinary day.

    Reason: I am not from the USA but I have US-based colleagues. So I'll be doing their work as well during my ordinary day.

    • by shuz (706678) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @04:41PM (#42021675) Homepage Journal

      The USA thanks you so that we may spend time with our families. The average USA private corporate worker only gets around 7 holiday days off a year. Know that we will gladly cover your holidays as well.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Indeed. Thanks, war4peace, for covering. And unlike most other first world countries, there is no legally mandated minimum yearly vacation in the US. Some workers may get no vacation at all during the year, so these holidays are a welcome time off.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Not at all intended to hate on USians (we're all family), but I stopped considering the USA a first world country a while ago... And things like that are some of the reasons why.

          tmegapscm

      • No worries :)
        I care for my colleagues and they have that time free anyway, they don't depend on me covering for them. But thanks for the nice words.

    • Here in Stockholm we'll cover for you guys on Thursday and Friday, then on Sunday it's the Zontar Second Annual Transnational Expat Thanksgiving Feast at my place. Everyone is coming, I think, with the assumption that the second turkey I've ever cooked in my life will turn out as well as the first one did 2 years ago (last year, we went to see my folks in the States). We'll see if their faith in me is justified.

      So I guess it's 1+5+6 for me.

      And yes, it's true--as someone who has lived and worked all three pl

      • by xaxa (988988)

        and somebody FedEx me some real cranberries! (Nothing wrong with lingon, but they're just not quite the same.)

        Can't you buy them? Try a shop for British people, if there is one, as they're a traditional part of a British Christmas meal.

        (They don't have fresh ones, but the English Shop in Stockholm claims to have two American cranberry sauces: http://www.englishshop.se/en/search?q=cranberry [englishshop.se] . Personally, I'd try and find some fresh ones.)

      • I'll gladly trade you the crappy cranberries for your luscious lingon

  • by Bruce66423 (1678196) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @04:28PM (#42021579)
    Difficult as it is for our American brethren to remember ;)
    • by Hentes (2461350) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @04:38PM (#42021663)

      We are at about 30% [slashdot.org], actually.

      • According to alexia page rank 27.5% of hits are from the USA [alexa.com]. India comes second with 25.9%. Just think, if the polls reflected demographic we would have been just as likely to get a "What will you be doing on 13 November?" last week with "lighting lamps around your house [wikipedia.org]" as one option. This would have had as many non-Indians googling the data as this poll had non-Americans.
        • by mooingyak (720677)

          Alexa is probably especially poor at representing slashdot demographics, given that the population here has a strong aversion to running basically anything unnecessary and/or that tracks you.

          If this poll [slashdot.org] is at all accurate, then slashdot is 60-70% US based.

          • by Chrisq (894406)

            Alexa is probably especially poor at representing slashdot demographics, given that the population here has a strong aversion to running basically anything unnecessary and/or that tracks you.

            If this poll [slashdot.org] is at all accurate, then slashdot is 60-70% US based.

            I would be very surprised if a poll about US elections did not have a disproportionate number of US residents taking part. I am not sure why American slashdotters would be less likely to use alexia than other slashdotters, and though of course it is possible I would think their figures are probably closer to reality than self-selected poll completers

    • by ve3oat (884827) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @05:35PM (#42021949)
      Insensitive clods! I live in Canada. We had our Thanksgiving last month.
      • by Tsingi (870990)

        Insensitive clods! I live in Canada. We had our Thanksgiving last month.

        Me too, and I cooked roast beef because I'm tired of turkey dinners.

        That was a coup, let's see what I can get away with at Christmas.

    • by cayenne8 (626475)

      Difficult as it is for our American brethren to remember ;)

      We're not forgetting...

      But Slashdot is a US centric website you know....so, it is natural that US centric topics often are brought up here.

    • by BatGnat (1568391)

      You insensitive clod!!!

      You just lumped in Canadians, and South Americans, in with the USA.

      There are other Americans in the world, other than the USA residents....

    • And it's also difficult for Americans to remember that goose is food! What happened to christmas goose, and thanksgiving turducken, and christmas gooducken?
  • I'll be running 10km in the morning, which my phone thinks is 890kcal. However, it's probably not a good day for losing weight!
    • I'll be running 10km in the morning, which my phone thinks is 890kcal. However, it's probably not a good day for losing weight!

      Not kcal - just cal.

      Unfortunately, food "calories" ARE actually kilocalories.

      • Crap, my comment was typed with my brain on autopilot - my first line is completely wrong.

        Just pretend I'm not here...

      • by jd2112 (1535857) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @08:24PM (#42022955)

        I'll be running 10km in the morning, which my phone thinks is 890kcal. However, it's probably not a good day for losing weight!

        Not kcal - just cal.

        Unfortunately, food "calories" ARE actually kilocalories.

        After years of dieting the moral I find is that a wast is a terrible thing to mind.

    • by quenda (644621)

      I'll be running 10km in the morning, which my phone thinks is 890kcal.

      Careful on your run. Mixing metric and imperial like that is a good way to encounter the ground unexpectedly.

  • How can "Turkey I cooked" not be a choice?

  • Unfortunately, the Deep-Fried Twinkies will be off the menu this year.

    • A friend, a chef, decided to test the popular opinion that everything is better with bacon, or with butter, or deep-fried. So he took a stick of butter, wrapped it in bacon, battered it, and dropped it in the deep frier.

      The results were... disappointing.

      • by arth1 (260657) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @09:10PM (#42023235) Homepage Journal

        A friend, a chef, decided to test the popular opinion that everything is better with bacon, or with butter, or deep-fried. So he took a stick of butter, wrapped it in bacon, battered it, and dropped it in the deep frier.

        The results were... disappointing.

        Deep fried butter is a staple at many of the US state fairs.
        The trick is to take a frozen stick of butter.

        As for bacon, you need to pre-fry it before you batter it. Cut a stick of wood just slightly bigger a stick of butter, wrap the bacon around it, and fry it (including three tilts).
        Then slide out the wooden stick, slide in a frozen butter stick, dip it in batter, flour and batter again, and deep fry it.
        Let it cool slightly, then serve it Nyotaimori style.

        • by Gordonjcp (186804)

          And you guys go on about the mythical Scottish beast, the deep-fried Mars bar? That would be practically a health food by comparison!

          • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19, 2012 @08:00AM (#42025715)

            Once long ago at a fast food place... Where they left me.... in charge. (the fools)
            We learned that you can deep fry a cotton towel. And that the result is edible. And tasty.

            FIBER!

            • Sadly this isn't surprising to me in the least. I had friends who worked in restaurants who also experimented with what you can deep fry. While never being exposed to this as my early job was working at a gas station. As a side bonus we did play will it burn in the back room and discovered that a large number of ordinary house hold items that one wouldn't normally think are combustible actually are.
          • by arth1 (260657)

            And you guys go on about the mythical Scottish beast, the deep-fried Mars bar?

            No, but I am trying to find out how to deep-fry whisky.
            The challenge is for the alcohol to not catch fire in the fryer nor evaporate, yet avoid using a vessel for holding the whisky that's either inedible or changes the flavour.

            I've thought about filling the whisky inside an ice cube, but sealing it is the hard part. Any ideas that would pass an engineering test?

  • by Kittenman (971447) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @08:01PM (#42022807)
    I had to get into here to work out what it was.

    Hope you US-citizens have a good one.
  • by craznar (710808) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @10:13PM (#42023511) Homepage

    on the 22nd of November ?

    Was wondering why all the TV shows vanished this week.

    Is there some sort of memorial for some people or something ?

    • by BitterOak (537666)

      on the 22nd of November ?

      Was wondering why all the TV shows vanished this week.

      Is there some sort of memorial for some people or something ?

      Nothing much. Just a little holiday called Thanksgiving. (Unless you're in Canada, in which case it happened in October. Not sure when Europe celebrates Thanksgiving.)

    • on the 22nd of November ?

      Was wondering why all the TV shows vanished this week.

      Is there some sort of memorial for some people or something ?

      Yes. Turkey's all over America will be mourning lost relatives.

    • by artor3 (1344997) on Monday November 19, 2012 @01:00AM (#42024219)

      Is there some sort of memorial for some people or something ?

      Not really. Like most American holidays (e.g. Labor Day, Presidents Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, etc.), Thanksgiving has lost most meaning beyond an excuse to get together with family and eat a bunch of good food.

      Not that there's anything wrong with that. The original meaning has to do with some colonists who were rescued by some of the natives. This being a country of immigrants, most families' histories have about as much to do with the original Thanksgiving as they do with Yom Kippur. If it weren't for the traditional big meal with the family, I suspect Thanksgiving would join May Day on the list of holidays Americans no longer give a shit about.

      • by fremsley471 (792813) on Monday November 19, 2012 @04:03AM (#42024887)

        You're pretty much describing Christmas Day here in the UK. Very little overt religious sentiment, just back to the original solstice celebration.

        I am curious though. When did the US start celebrating "Happy Holidays"? It's meaningless. European levels of Christianity are far lower than the US, but we've no problems calling it by its proper name, even though most (including myself) would never worship in a church from one year to another,

        • by jonadab (583620)
          > When did the US start celebrating "Happy Holidays"?

          That's just retailers trying to make their big "sales" season last from October through February without a break. Whether this actually works is difficult to prove, since pretty much all major retailers started doing it at more or less the same time, back in the eighties. Initially the "happy holidays" retail season was just late November through early January, but it gets extended at both ends every year. If the trend continues unabated, it'll be y
      • SNIP

        If it weren't for the traditional big meal with the family, I suspect Thanksgiving would join May Day on the list of holidays Americans no longer give a shit about.

        The U.S. government decided the day to honor labor should get moved away from May 1st since May Day celebrations were associated with socialists, communists, etc. That's why the U.S. celebrates Labor Day as the first Monday in September.

        On the other hand, that leaves May Day open for doing things with virgins and maypoles.

        Cheers,
        Dave

  • I recall the day in high school that President John Kennedy was assasinated. It also happens to be my birthday. So the day is never ordinary.

    I haven't checked, but non-USA citizens probably have no official holiday Thursday. Possibly in their time zones there may be a US football game to watch outside of work time.

    • by jonadab (583620)
      > Possibly in their time zones there may be a US football game to watch outside of work time.

      Non-Americans don't generally know about football. They use the word "football", but it's in reference to a different sport that's actually a lot more like soccer than football, albeit with three major differences from soccer: A) it's actually popular (in the countries where it is played); B) instead of just gradeschool kids, they actually have adults play it, some of whom are professional athletes; and C) inst
  • Loy Kratong (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 18, 2012 @11:17PM (#42023819)

    November 28 is the Thai holiday "Loy Kratong". It is an ordinary weekday (this year), but in the evening my family and I will go to the park to LOY (float) our KRATONG (flower boat) to give thanks to the Goddess of Waters for another successful year and hope for the future. (Or thanks to Jehovah, or Allah, or Buddha, or Vishnu, or whomever you prefer to thank.)

  • Tacos de Pescado (Score:4, Informative)

    by Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @11:25PM (#42023847)
    My wife and I are fleeing like rats to San Jose del Cabo. I plan on eating a lot of fish tacos washed down with a few Bohemias.
  • 45% will be in their mom's basement, begrudgingly emerging to grab some turkey when it's ready.
  • Missing Option (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Danious (202113)

    I don't live in the USA, you insensitive clod!

  • Foodwise I don't expect anything out of the ordinary. While my office is open (we only close for holidays mentioned in the Torah, plus Labor Day due to an unrelated ethnic celebration making the neighborhood a bit too chaotic and dangerous) I'll be taking the national holiday off.

    It'll be my wife's first Thanksgiving in the U.S. so I think we'll get up early and troop all the way over to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (yeah, okay, "all the way over" is like three blocks from our apartment as we liv

  • Because of family getting together can't happen on thursday, we'll be doing our feat on Friday. So I chose Ordinary Day but not because I don't celebrate.
  • On both the Wednesday and Thursday Night Shift

    But I will be able to eat some turkey during the day on Thursday
    They might even have some cold turkey leftovers for us at work, provided the PM shift doesn't eat it all.

    • by MLease (652529)

      Same boat here. Those PM guys are bastards, aren't they?

      I do have a friend who's having a Saturday "leftovers" dinner (though he's making a fresh turkey and stuffing, and it's potluck for the rest) which my wife, daughter and I will be attending. So, I'll still get my tryptophan fix. :D

  • I'll probably have my normal salad and maybe some baked chicken or hot dogs. Assuming I'm not paged into a problem (got stuck on one that lasted 3 days a couple of years back).

    [John]

  • My fiance works on Thanksgiving, as he is in a profession (he works at a group home) where someone must be there 24/7. My family is a several hours away, and I admit that I'd rather not go do that without him. So his family, who live in the same city we do, are doing Thanksgiving on Sunday instead.
  • I've a few friends who don't have family in the area and don't really have anywhere else to go on Thanksgiving, and invite them over. I tell them I'll do the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and if they want anything else they need to bring it themselves. One year while working as a contractor for Ericsson, I had several of their overseas contractors over. That was a fun Thanksgiving! A couple of them had never experienced it before, so I felt it was my duty to make sure they had a great time. Even if you
  • Considering the day before thanksgiving (skanksgiving) is one of the biggest party nights in North America, not sure how that option was missed. As for my self i will be attending an event to benefit police and firefighters, of course it includes lots of alcohol, so im sure just moving and any direction will be unpleasant and not the norm.
  • by scubamage (727538) on Monday November 19, 2012 @12:32PM (#42027951)
    For us turkeys, Ragnarok is upon us :( Please show some mercy, you insensitive clod!
  • ...but I will still be thankful that this year I have a job, and that my car hasn't pulled a Bluesmobile on me yet. And so, as I dig into my pizza or burger or sushi or whatever it is I have on that day, I will keep that in mind.

  • by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Monday November 19, 2012 @01:24PM (#42028631) Homepage
    ...I'll be celebrating the 49th anniversary of Doctor Who, of course.
  • by jklovanc (1603149) on Monday November 19, 2012 @05:41PM (#42031985)

    Feasting and cooking, but no turkeys involved.

    Are you referring to the turkey on the table or the turkeys around the table?

Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.

 



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