These Thanksgiving Fails Will Give You Turkey Nightmares

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that can be extremely stressful, but all of the hard work pays off in the end. If you’re either attending or hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, there’s so much that goes into it — whether it’s cooking all of the different courses, socializing with estranged relatives, or tackling the mountain of dishes. During the process, something is bound to go wrong for some people. You just hope it’s never you. Well, here are some people who weren’t so lucky.

Have The Taste Of Thanksgiving All Year

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There’s nothing better than biting down on a gumball only to have the flavor of pumpkin pie, cranberry, or turkey bursting in your mouth. Gumballs last a long time, so you can chew on one of these Thanksgiving-flavored gumballs on the beach in July if you get a craving for a Thanksgiving meal.

You can even put these out as an appetizer on Thanksgiving as a little taste for what is to come. Just make sure to keep them out of the reach of children!

Following The Directions Literally

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When preparing to cook a Thanksgiving turkey, one of the first things the directions will say is to take the turkey out of the freezer or the refrigerator and let it “chill” in the sink for a few hours.

It appears this person took those directions to heart and got their turkey set up with a beer and TV so they can take a load off and “chill” before being cooked and eaten. Doesn’t look like an unpleasant last few hours.

Run For Your Lives!

Turkey explosion
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It looks like this family confused Thanksgiving with the Fourth of July since we’re pretty sure there aren’t any pyrotechnics involved in making a Thanksgiving dinner. Yet, each family has their own tradition we suppose.

They might want to cut their losses and call the fire department immediately before they lose their house all because of a turkey. For all we know, this was the turkey’s plan all along and they’re exacting revenge on the family who had plans to eat them.

Pick Your Half

Half-fried turkey
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The key to deep-frying a turkey is to make sure that the whole thing is submerged in the oil. If you do this, the whole bird will be cooked through. If not, the result might look a little something like this.

We’re not sure if they thought they might be able to pull it off cooking it like they did or they were only planning on eating half a turkey. To be honest, the bottom half looks pretty good!

Wrong On So Many Levels

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We don’t even know where to start with this one, because there’s so much wrong with this picture. Not only is the woman dressed like a Native American which is considered to be highly offensive, but she’s using her poor child as an accessory for her costume.

By the looks of it, the baby does not look like it’s having a good time, most likely because it’s dressed as a cooked turkey and its mother is carrying them around on a platter. Someone call CPS.

The Perfect Thanksgiving Nightcap

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After a long day of eating and catching up with family and friends, there’s no better way to end the evening than by washing it all down with some pumpkin pie-flavored vodka.

Sure, some people might use this to make a reasonable seasonal drink, but you can fully embrace the holiday season by putting back a few shots if you prefer. If you chase it with some whipped cream, it will be like eating dessert all over again except you’ll walk away with a nice buzz!

Just The Way The Family Likes It

Completely burnt turkey
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Imagine going over to someone’s house for Thanksgiving and they pull this out of the oven with everyone claiming it’s how they prefer their turkey. Do you suck it up and eat it to be polite or do you stick with the side dishes?

Then again, if the turkey looks like this, who knows how the sides turned out. It looks like they went full caveman with this bird and threw the whole thing in the fire pit for a few hours until it was done to their liking.

Vegetarians Unite!

Vegetable platter in the shape of a turkey
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It’s a fact that the staple of any true Thanksgiving meal is the turkey. While the sides are both necessary and delicious, the true star of the show is the bird. It looks like whoever made this creation doesn’t eat meat, so they decided to make this elaborate vegetable platter in the image of a turkey.

We really hope that this is just an appetizer or else some people will be deeply disappointed. There’s not even any dipping sauce!

Please, Don’t

Eyes on a turkey
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Prepping a raw turkey already isn’t the most pleasant of experiences. Normal people aren’t usually thrilled to remove the bag of organs from the body or fill the bird up with vegetables and rub it down with seasoning.

Not only is it pretty disgusting but it’s a rather morbid process. This person decided to make the situation even worse by adding a pair of creepy eyes just above where the sun don’t shine. Have some respect!

At Least The Dog Had A Good Thanksgiving

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This is something right of the movie A Christmas Story when the neighbor’s dogs devour the Old Man Parker’s cherished turkey. We’re not sure how this dog managed to break into the neighbor’s house and steal their entire turkey, but it seems like it was a calculated plan to us.

The dog was probably casing the house the second they got back from the grocery store, patiently waiting for the opportunity to strike. That’s an apology we would have liked to see!

Someone’s Fired

Weather report showing wrong day for Thanksgiving
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Unless you were unaware, Thanksgiving is always celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of November. While the date may change yearly, the day of the week that it is celebrated on remains the same. This weather update might pose a problem for the people who are unaware of this tradition.

Some people must have been relieved they had an extra day to prepare only for people to show up on Thursday when nothing was ready. Those people probably won’t be hosting ever again.

Really Setting The Mood

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Who needs to have the smells of actual Thanksgiving dishes being cooked when you can use a candle instead? Now, your whole house can smell like a Thanksgiving feast, not just the kitchen and dining room!

We’re actually curious what this smells like because if it truly smells like turkey and stuffing it would be a great prank gift if you removed the label. This is perfect for die-hard Thanksgiving lovers who constantly need their house to smell like the holidays.

Candles Can Pack A Punch!

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Many people like to create ambiance during their Thanksgiving meal by lighting candles for the special occasion. The problem is that people use candles so infrequently these days that they forget how dangerous they can actually be, especially when placed on top of a flammable tablecloth.

This lady set her tablecloth on fire when trying to light her candles, and now she has quite a situation on her hands. The real question is why does it look like she’s smiling?

Looks Edible!

Spilling over mashed potatoes
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Looks like someone got a little carried away when making the mashed potatoes at this Thanksgiving dinner. Most people tend to live by the code that there’s no such thing as too many mashed potatoes, but this might be where we draw the line.

Although a fair amount looks like it’s about to drip down onto the floor, we’d say that there’s still enough to feed at least 15 people. Just don’t let anyone know what happened and the problem’s solved!

Complete Overkill

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If you’re already eating turkey at Thanksgiving, there really is no legitimate reason why you would need to have a cake in its image. Not only is this cake on the frightening side, it just seems weird to be eating something that looks like the formerly-living creature that you just consumed.

It just seems like overkill to us. Also, that’s enough cake to feed a small village. Are you trying to give your guests diabetes?

Your Grandpa’s Cranberry Sauce

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Although it isn’t everyone’s favorite, cranberry sauce can be a nice compliment to a Thanksgiving turkey or any of the sides, depending on your taste. While not everyone prefers it, one sure thing is that nobody likes it out of a can — especially when it looks like this.

This cranberry sauce looks like it’s been sitting in its can since World War II and has finally been opened. We’re not even sure how you prepare it when it looks like this. Just cut off a slice?

Disturbing Is A Understatement

Gross-looking turkey cake
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Here, we have yet another example of what we think is a dessert made to look like a turkey. We can sort of understand if maybe it has the face of a turkey drawn with frosting, but this is far too much.

This thing is made to look like how some turkeys might be served on a platter, and it’s far from appetizing. As if it wasn’t aesthetically unappealing enough, it’s even falling apart! Hopefully, nobody was forced to eat this in the end.

Us Too Kid, Us Too

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While most things go over little kids’ heads like how the meat they’re eating came from a living animal, this child is well aware of what’s going on during the Thanksgiving season.

They’re not interested in being a turkey whatsoever because they know what happens to them. We’re willing to bet this child is going to grow up to be an animal activist at the rate they’re going. Our only question is why would they go to Japan?

No Cooking Needed!

Swanson TV dinner
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Twitter/Mark Bowman

The 1950s truly were some glorious years. The economy was booming, the suburbs were blossoming, and companies were churning out TV Thanksgiving dinners. What could be better?

Now, you could invite as many people over for Thanksgiving as you want, all people would have to do is wait their turn to put their dish in the microwave or oven! There’s no prep time or dishes to do either! We need to bring these back. Only 99 cents, too!

Just Cut Around It

Rotten turkey
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We want to know where these people bought this turkey just so we can stay as far away from here as possible. It’s scary to think that they still cooked it considering those questionable blemishes definitely would have been visible when it was raw as well.

Their best chance is to either start over entirely or go without turkey that year. Even if you managed to eat around those disgusting areas, you’d still probably find yourself hospitalized.