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The time for Americans to clean out some fridge space before Thanksgiving may have come a little early this year. Butterball, the U.S.’s top maker of Thanksgiving turkeys, is having some problems delivering the bigger birds to stores around the country. The company told retailers that their orders for fresh turkeys 16 pounds and bigger have been cut by 50%. Butterball, which produces around 20% of the country's turkeys and 1.3 billion pounds of turkey meat a year, has confirmed in a emailed statement that “there may be limited availability on some larger sizes of fresh turkeys” and that the shortage is nationwide.
... This is a big worry because 16 pounds is the average weight of turkeys eaten at Thanksgiving. According to Butterball’s handy calculator, a 16-pound turkey would feed a dinner party of six adults and six children.
Mind you, that doesn’t mean there’ll be no big turkeys to be had. It’s only fresh turkeys from Butterball that are affected; the company sells frozen ones too, and there are several other manufacturers who will be only too delighted to fill the gap.
The feds have agreed to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, and this will create the world's biggest airline. The Justice Department agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities, and to give up some of their runway slots in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Miami to low-cost carriers.
Tourists who went up to the viewing level of Chicago's Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) Tuesday got a shock. The 1,451-foot building is no longer the tallest building in the United States. That distinction was wrested away from Chicago by New York City's One World Trade Center, standing tall at 1,776 feet.
... The decision is a controversial one, as the final height total depended on whether or not the 408-foot spire atop the WTC building would count. Tuesday morning, however, those with the final say on these matters — the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) — determined that it did, and deliberations by a panel of architects ended in New York's favor.
... For the record, One World Trade Center's height without the spire (1,368 feet) is the same as the World Trade Center towers which came down in the 9/11 attacks. The 408' spire is symbolic, as a monument to those who perished that day. The final total height of 1,776 feet refers to the year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
... What the Willis Tower does have over One World Trade Center right now, however, is that the former is open to visitors and the latter is still under construction. The viewing deck on the 100th floor of One World Trade isn't expected to be open until 2015.
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Need an instant boost of good cheer? Cuddle with someone you love. A new London School of Economics study shows that intimate moments with a cherished person or pet trigger at least a fourteen percent rise in happiness – more than any other activity. Other effective no-cost mood lifters? Spending time with friends, gardening, and singing.
Source: Woman’s World, 11/11/13