This week: Thanksgiving facts that fail.

44.8 million

“Consumers who shopped on Thanksgiving Day” last year, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s up 27 percent from 2012, hinting that people care more about sales than about giving thanks. (Once again: Holidays suck.) Who knows how much higher it climbed yesterday.



“Injuries requiring medical attention from car crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” as predicted by the National Safety Council. The NSC also estimates “367 to 474 deaths.”


64 percent

“People with mental illness” who say the “holidays make their conditions worse,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. And it’s not just adults: “The highest rate for child psychiatric hospitalizations occurs in winter.”



The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Association. That’s a 37-cent increase over last year, but doesn’t address the fact that few of us know where to buy a 16-pound turkey for only $21.65, which is what the AFBA based its biggest cost factor on.


33 percent

American employees who will have to work one or more of these days: Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s. Of those, only 44 percent say it was by their own choice, according to Allstate Insurance.

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