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Last Call: Your biggest Thanksgiving mishaps, revealed

burnt holiday cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet
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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Last year, we shared our biggest Thanksgiving Day blunders, and had a blast hearing from readers about their very own. These mishaps range in disastrousness from the spectacular (many, many trips to the ER to stitch up sliced-open hands) to the mundane (a mother who made it all the way to dinnertime without remembering to turn the oven on). In every anecdote, though, you can sense the palpable joy in the retelling. Thanksgiving is a holiday where everyone’s working their hardest to achieve a precise and picturesque spread; it is only through our mistakes that we can truly make this dinner our own.

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So, bring on the catastrophes! Let’s hear about more of your best worst Thanksgiving celebrations. Maybe last year’s feast came with its own set of mishaps and you’ve got fresh stories to tell? In 2019, my own extended family had a fun and uneventful day, though it did involve an overfed two-year-old chasing the overfed new puppy around the living room until one of them had an accident and one of them puked, both on the good rug. As a courtesy to both parties, I won’t embarrass them by revealing which was which.

Marnie Shure is editor in chief of The Takeout.

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One time my cousin and I were having a staring contest. I had a stuffy nose at the time and thought I had the real advantage here. What I didn’t expect was the pressure built up from stifling my laughter would explode into a snot bubble the size of a baseball, effectively destroying the appetite of everyone at the kid’s table.

Oh, you mean cooking mishaps. I corn starch’d some gravy until it was basically solid once.