Preparing a turkey for Thanksgiving is an immense challenge. There’s a reason the holiday episodes of so many TV shows feature a turkey storyline.
When you think about it, it’s actually kind of absurd that our country’s biggest food holiday revolves around cooking a large bird in a way that is very easy to mess up. But tradition is tradition, and thus many mishaps occur.
If you’ve ever overcooked or undercooked a turkey, take comfort knowing that at least you’re not alone … and that others have screwed up in far worse ways. Here are 27 funny turkey fails from Thanksgivings past.