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5 Embarrassing Turkey Disasters | Best of the Turkey Talk-Line

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Since 1981, aspiring home cooks have turned to the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line every November for helpful pointers and advice to save their bacon — or should we say, turkey! According to Butterball’s website, the company’s 50+ experts answer more than 100,000 questions every year, ranging from thawing the bird to proper preparation to tips for different cooking styles for Thanksgiving dinner.

Of course, with so many calls to field (and so many newbie cooks in the kitchen), there’s bound to be some… well… interesting inquiries. This round-up from Reader’s Digest had us chuckling — and some of us looking the other way in embarrassment. Hey, we’ve all been there… right?

Here are some of our favorite Butterball turkey hotline fails pulled from the list:

It’s a Wrap

A proud gentleman called to tell the staff how he wrapped his turkey in a towel and stomped on it several times, breaking the bones so it would fit in his pan.

Carving the Turkey

Another gentleman called to tell the operator he cut his turkey in half with a chainsaw and wanted to know if the oil from the chain would adversely affect the turkey.

Frozen Turkey

A lady from Colorado called about “how to thaw” her frozen Butterball. She proudly shared the fact that her turkey was stored in a snow bank outside! It had snowed the night before and it then dawned on her that she didn’t have a clue which snow bank her turkey was in. At that point, the conversation was really over because she was now on a mission to go find her turkey.

Wash Those Suds Right Out of My … Turkey?

A first-time Thanksgiving chef called Marge Klindera, a 20+ year Talk-Line veteran, in tears Thanksgiving morning last year. She was so proud to have thawed the turkey successfully and continued to rinse the turkey – with dish soap! The tears started flowing when the turkey wouldn’t stop sudsing. If only she called before she would have found out you don’t have to rinse the turkey – just pat it dry with paper towels.

State Bird

When a Talk-Line staffer asked a caller what state her turkey was in (meaning how thawed was it) the caller responded with, “Florida.”

Check out the full slideshow of Butterball turkey hotline fails here.

Lucky for you, if you’re in charge of the bird this year, there’s still time to brush up on your cooking skills with one of our culinary teachers! Or, try your hand at dessert or pastries with one of our baking instructors. Cooking isn’t your thing? That’s alright — we’re sure the family will appreciate some beautifully folded napkin art, too.

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Amazing Dad Learns to Sing for Unforgettable Wedding Song

What’s something you always thought you couldn’t do? What would it feel like to have a breakthrough and discover that there’s really nothing holding you back?

John Butcher, age 50, always thought he was tone deaf until he took voice lessons to perform a surprise song at his daughter’s wedding. After six months of private voice lessons, Butcher was able to deliver a touching and tuneful performance. This video, which was featured on the UK’s Daily Mail website, shows this incredible dad’s wedding reception song performance of “You Were Always on My Mind”. 

Is there a specific wedding reception song that you would love to be able to sing? Or if singing’s not quite your cup of tea, is there a piano piece or guitar song you’d like to learn? Find a teacher near you who can help out!

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Stuck Writing Lyrics? Maybe iOS 8′s Autocomplete Feature Can Help

Songwriting can be tricky when the perfect word is just out of reach, a sentiment that songwriter Jonathan Mann must know all too well. Mann has been writing a song a day for over five years, which is no small feat.

For one of his most recent compositions, Mann took a backseat as a lyricist and let his iPhone 6 do the talking. Using only the autocomplete feature on his phone, Jonathan Mann managed to write an astonishingly catchy tune!

Of course, the resulting song doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it sure is fun to see how artists use new technology as it comes along. Who knows, maybe one of these random strings of words will inspire Mann or another songwriter to create a beautiful lyric down the road.

What do you think? Does new technology inspire your creativity? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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10 Essential Songs You Need on Your Halloween Playlist

Whether you’re turning your house into a creepy haunted mansion, heading to a rockin’ Halloween party, or getting the kids dressed up for trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, these Halloween party songs are the best way to get into the spirit. No playlist fit for consumption by ghouls and goblins is complete without these 10 essentials. Turn it up, and have a happy and safe Halloween!

1. Thriller

Who doesn’t love the “Thriller” dance?

2. Candy

Because it’s not Halloween without plenty of candy.

3. I Put a Spell on You

For extra bonus Halloween points, check out Bette Midler’s version of this classic tune from the movie Hocus Pocus.

4. This is Halloween

Another great Halloween movie, Nightmare Before Christmas, is full of great songs by Danny Elfman, perfect for this scary season!

5. Dead Man’s Party

Speaking of Danny Elfman, throw a “Dead Man’s Party” with this 80′s favorite.

6. Time Warp

Rocky Horror is always appropriate.

7. Heads Will Roll

Hold on to your heads! This tune is perfect for a Halloween dance-off!

8. Ghost Riders in the Sky

Johnny Cash brings the spooky vibes in this golden oldie.

9. Psycho Killer

Run, run, run!

10. Monster Mash

Because it’s not Halloween until you’re doing the mash!

What’s your favorite Halloween party song? Tell us all about it in the comments below!
 

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13 Things Only Children of Musicians Will Understand

Musical families have a lot of funny quirks in common! Do any of these things sound familiar?

1. Family sing-alongs never stop!

Whether you’re getting together for the holidays or just relaxing after dinner, you can bet your bongos that your family will break into song. Singing harmonies feels as natural as breathing, and certain songs will always make you think of home.

2. In fact, sometimes family sing-alongs can get pretty intense.

Don’t miss your cue! Sometimes your musically talented family might get a little competitive or give you more criticism than you’re prepared for. Just remember, if you have your sights on a singing career or other musical aspirations, your musical family will help you prepare for receiving feedback later in life.

3. You had a house full of instruments.

There might even have been more instruments than people. Growing up in a house full of instruments sparked your passion for music, and helped you learn how to tune out a lot of noise along the way.

4. So naturally, you started learning how to play music before you could read.

Is anything more exciting to a kid than a toy that makes noise? Nope! So it’s no surprise that you were fascinated by musical instruments and couldn’t wait to get your hands on one of your own.

5. You got the good parts in your school plays and talent shows.

You got your singing career started right with the solo in your school’s musical, or you got to play the best parts in band. Your years of practicing music at a young age paid off!

6. You thought it was weird when you found out your friends’ families didn’t communicate mainly in song.

If you said something at home that was the start of a song, your parents would definitely sing the rest. When you found out non-musicians didn’t always act the same way, you couldn’t believe it.

7. You had a house rule against clapping on the 1 and 3.

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Unless you’re polka fans, you just know this is wrong.

8. The junk drawer in your kitchen probably has rosin, some extra strings, a tuning key, or other pieces of musical paraphernalia.

Other people have a tool drawer. In a way, that’s what this odd assortment of music gear is. It’s also not unusual to find random music stuff in your parents’ car, on the kitchen table, or tucked in to a bookshelf.

9. Your family has taken you to sporting events just to see the band at halftime.

What game? We’re here for the band.

10. You put on mini-concerts for your parents.

Your parents were your first audience, and they’re still your biggest fans. As soon as you could play “Twinkle Twinkle”,  you were putting on a show!

11. You’ve always joked about forming a family band.

When you get so many talented musicians together, it’s only natural that you’d want to start a band.

12. Music lessons were absolutely mandatory!

Your family nurtured your musical leanings, and they knew that music lessons are the best way to encourage a young musician. You know the elements of music and music theory as effortlessly as the alphabet.

13. Your parents always encouraged you to follow your dreams.

Your family understands how much music means to you, and they support you in everything you do. Lucky you!!

Does this sound like your musical family? Share your stories in the comments below!

 

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10 Simple Ways to Transform Yourself for the Better

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September is Self-Improvement Month, but why put off working on yourself until next September 1st? You can start your own month of radical self-improvement whenever you want! Here are 10 things you can do to make a positive, lasting change in your life. Try working toward at least one of these things every day for the next 30 days, and get ready to see some incredible changes in your life.

1. Write down your goals.

What are the big things you want to accomplish in your life? If you had the life of your dreams, what would it look like? Write down your top three big goals in your life and keep them somewhere where you can reference them often for motivation. Think about how your daily activities contribute to your ability to reach your goals.

Don’t know what your goals are? All the more reason to think about them and write them down. After all, how can you ever get what you want if you don’t know what it is?

2. Get active.

Getting more exercise is good for your body, plus exercise releases endorphins that make you happier. Whether you opt to learn to dance, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or run for 20 minutes each day, adding more activity into your routine will put you into a positive mindset.

3. Read every day.

Instead of watching TV or looking at gossip on the Internet, take some time every day to read something worthwhile. Subscribe to a blog related to your profession, pick up a classic novel, or dig into a book about self-improvement. Reading can totally shift your perspective and open up doors to new ways of seeing the world.

4. Learn a new language.

Learning a new language has many benefits beyond just helping you to communicate. From looking great on your resume to improving brain function, learning a new language is a great way to improve yourself. There are tons of resources out there that make learning a new language accessible, from software and DVDs to language lessons with a private tutor.

5. Take up a new hobby.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? Whether you wish you knew how to play the piano, want to learn coding, or want to learn how to bake a perfect cupcake, digging into a new hobby can help awaken your passion for life. Additionally, you’ll build up your confidence as you learn new things and discover abilities you never knew you had.

6. Sharpen your skills.

What are a few of the things that you do really well? When did you last put time and energy into building more on those skills? You can always keep getting better at something you already have a knack for, and improving on your skills can give you an edge at work or school.

7. Make a to-do list.

Start each day by making a list of the three most important things you must get done today. Don’t worry so much about trying to do everything. As long as you get through the really important things, you’ll feel accomplished and less stressed.

8. Take time to unplug.

Has it been a while since you took a break? We all need time to relax and rest thanks to our super busy always-on culture. Take trip to a new place or plan a mellow staycation. If you can’t afford a getaway, or if you just want to incorporate more relaxation into your routine, try practicing yoga or meditation. Give yourself some time to unplug and you’ll come back to your work and relationships feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

9. Do some soul searching.

Are you holding onto negative emotions? Learning to forgive others and yourself for painful things in the past will make you feel freer and lighter. You might consider talking with a counselor or a life coach to help you break free of anxiety, depression, resentment, and other unhealthy thought patterns.

10. Spend more quality time with your loved ones.

Find ways to get closer to the most important people in your life. Whether you learn to dance with your significant other, help a parent around the house, or read to your kids more often, strengthening your bonds with your loved ones will make you feel happier and more loved in return.

How do you want to improve your life? Share one thing big or small you’d like to change in the comments below!

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You Will Love This Mesmerizing Marching Band

What’s up with the terms “band geek,” “band nerd,” and “bando”? From what we can see in this video, marching band is pretty cool. Watch as the Ohio State Marching Band plays a medley of popular TV theme songs and transforms from a surfer for Hawaii Five-0 to a smoking dragon for Game of Thrones.

Do you have any fond memories of Marching Band? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

 

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11 Super Relatable Whisper Posts About Music

11 Super Relatable Whisper Posts About Music

Have you ever wondered if someone out there loves music as much as you? Check out these posts from anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper. Do any of these secrets sound like the story of your life?

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Music is all I care about anymore.

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Sometimes I forget that I'm The only one who can hear the music in my headphones

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When I am eating and listening to music at the same time, I unconsciously start chewing to the rhythm of the song.

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I was listening to music in my car and all these songs and bands that i love came on and i wondered what station it was. then i realized it was my iPod. No wonder it was good music.

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Somtimes when you play me music, I wonder if you mean the lyrics, or just like the song.

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When I'm home alone I pretend I'm making my own music video

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I dance because, there's no greater feeling in the world then moving to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear x

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I love music more than I love chocolate... and that's a lot of love lol

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I listen to music to keep from thinking too much.

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Music is the reason I still live..

 

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Music helps me feel better no matter what

What do you think? Do any of these “secrets” sound like you? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

 

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What Does Your Favorite Music Say About You

What Does Your Favorite Music Say About You?

If you have ever accused someone of not understanding you because they don’t like your favorite music, or judged someone harshly for liking your least favorite, you might actually be on to something.

According to research done by Prof. Adrian North at Heriot-Watt University, there is some correlation between personality and preferred musical genre. Over 36,000 people in more than 60 countries participated in surveys about personality and musical preference, and the results show interesting trends in personality types among fans of each genre.

This infographic designed by Tom Arne Heldal Bakkemoen breaks down the results:

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We’ve talked about the link between music and personality before, and now we want to hear from you. Do you think the music you listen to says a lot about who you are? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

 

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Video: Baby Has The Cutest Reaction Ever To Her Favorite Song

Whether you’re a Katy Perry fan or not, it’s hard to resist this baby’s adorable reaction to her song “Dark Horse”.

What song puts you in a great mood when you’re feeling down? Share it with us in the comments below!

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