TODAY   |  November 19, 2012

4,500 calories for Thanksgiving: Fact or fantasy?

A writer for The New York Times dining blog investigated the widespread notion that the typical American crams in 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, and found even a massive holiday meal entailed far fewer calories (plus plenty of discomfort). TODAY’s Willie Geist reports on this and on other trending stories, such as Charlie Chaplin’s accessories fetching more than $62,000 at a Los Angeles auction.

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>>> times" dining blog is blowing up the myth that the typical american crams in 4,500 calories on thanksgiving day . writer tara parker pope chowed down with turkey, gloutnous side dishes and two slices of pie and didn't even break the 2,500-calorie mark. besides she notes after eating 1,500 calories in a sitting, most people get nauseous, enough to jeopardize your invite to next year's feast. bidders bowled over by the hat used by charlie chaplin . the top bid was $62,500 at an auction in los angeles . we have to say we think our natalie morales wore that west when she posed as chaplin this summer to recreate the famous scene from the silent film classic,