As you go around the table and express what you're thankful for this year, the regular suspects - your family, good health, the Red Sox's World Series win - will likely make the list.
Here are 5 Thanksgiving-specific things to be thankful for that you may not have thought of:
1. You aren't eating irradiated turkey for dinner: Just because they're about 200 miles above Earth doesn't mean that the two U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station won't be able to dig in to a traditional Thanksgiving meal today ... except theirs will be an irradiated, thermostabilized and freeze-dried one.
2. The dinner you are eating is a little cheaper this year: Thanksgiving dinner will cost you a little less this year compared to 2012, according to a 34-state survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation. It determined what a 10-person feast with turkey and all the trimmings - including stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and more - will clock in at.
3. Turkey's tryptophan is not the enemy!: Contrary to what you learned while watching Seinfeld, the turkey you're about to eat today is not the true reason why you're bound to crave a nap after dinner. Yes, there is tryptophan in it, but no, that's not the main culprit behind your desire to snooze.
4. There are 3 states where Black Thursday is banned: No getting up from the dinner table early in Rhode Island, Maine or Massachusetts to do some Thanksgiving Day shopping - thanks to "blue laws" that date back to colonial times.
5. And there are a few Americans who have taken a Black Thursday stand: The owner of a Sears Hometown store in Plymouth, N.H., has rejected the head office's order to open at 7 p.m. tonight, so that her employees can spend the holiday with their families - though she says she has been told she will lose her bonus for the rest of the year as a result.
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