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Talking Turkey

A cut-out-and-keep Thanksgiving guide

Author Chris Wright

If you’re going to be in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday of this month, prepare yourself for a tryptophan high. According to the National Turkey Federation, 88 percent of Americans will dig into some Meleagris gallopavo—or, more familiarly, turkey—on Thanksgiving. That figure, of course, is roughly the same as the percentage of celebrants who will unintentionally cause an irreparable rift in the family, often for a blunder such as making a seemingly innocuous remark in praise of one aunt’s candied yams but neglecting to heap similar praise upon another’s cornbread stuffing. So do yourself a favor and stick to the only safe topic in the room: the bird. Here, a few conversation starters.

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