Mainers are among the most likely people in the country to “have a miserable Thanksgiving.”

According to real estate blog Estately, Maine was 8th on the list.  The happiest place to give thanks is Hawaii. But it was Ohio that toped the list of places to have a miserable Thanksgiving.

So how to the wizards at Estately come up with this…it is all in numbers!  They crunched the numbers using the six criteria to determine if the state you live in is prime habitat for a downer of a Thanksgiving.

  1. Likelihood of a family food poisoning episode

-Most cases of salmonella per capita derived from poultry in the past five years (CDC)

  1. Likelihood of relatives getting drunk and making a scene

-Prevalence of binge drinking among adults per capita (CDC)

  1. Likelihood of political arguments

-States with most even split between democratic and republican voters (2012 Presidential election results)

  1. Dietary restrictions impacting meal quality

States with highest rates of diabetes (CDC) and highest percentage of vegetarians/vegans (Facebook user data)

  1. Likelihood of favorite NFL team losing on Thanksgiving

-Losing percentage for Thanksgiving Day games of residents’ favorite teams(s)—(National Football LeagueFacebook)

  1. Likelihood of guests/cooks abandoning meal to shop a Black Friday sale

Well, number six it out unless you are going to go burn off you pie at LLBeans in Freeport.

No matter what you do or do not do on Turkey Day, enjoy it. How am I spending my day? Breakfast with a friend, then I will go for a swim at the KVYMCA for their Turkey Plunge. It is a fund raiser they do, and then, I am going to paint my kitchen.  My family is in Pennsylvania and this seems to be a productive use of time.

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