This year, like every year, there are so many things to be thankful for — family, friends, loaded stomachs, and, of course, painfully funny Thanksgiving fails people have shared online that make you immensely grateful aren’t yours. Because let’s face it, as much as this holiday is supposed to be a time of gratitude and enjoyment, it can swiftly turn into a wild cooking show where at least six things are bound to go terribly wrong.

Whether we like it or not, the pressure to whip up Michelin-worthy meals is high. But there’s no amount of preparation, education, or meditation that can ensure the feast goes off without a hitch. From doomed turkeys to scorched casseroles and completely sabotaged ovens, many households across the country recently found out just how quickly things can go south.

So in honor of Turkey Day, we at Bored Panda have compiled some of the most unfortunate, embarrassing, and downright tragic fails from this Thanksgiving people have shared online to get some sympathy. And let me tell you, after seeing this list, you'll definitely want to say thanks that your own celebration was, in fact, not that bad. So continue scrolling and upvote the most painfully funny mishaps. Then don’t miss the chat we had about planning elaborate dinners with food blogger and journalist Ellen Manning, and let us know how your Thanksgiving went in the comments!

#1

Y’all Gon Be Battling Food Poisoning Up To New Years

Y’all Gon Be Battling Food Poisoning Up To New Years

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Ivo H
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's basic food safety. Poultry = fridge or trouble.

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#2

My Lonely Thanksgiving Dinner At Work. At Least I Got Turkey And Potatoes…

My Lonely Thanksgiving Dinner At Work. At Least I Got Turkey And Potatoes…

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RavenTheCat
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I respect your positivity and sorry to hear you had to work ^^"

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#3

Cats Decided My Pumpkin Pies Were Too Blasé

Cats Decided My Pumpkin Pies Were Too Blasé

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karl briggs
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After the cat finished lending a helping paw, it sits back and quietly says to itself "Purrrrfect".

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For some, the idea of getting the whole family together during Thanksgiving brings incredible joy. For others, the seemingly bottomless to-do list coupled with coping with relatives carries an onslaught of anxiety. So yeah, Thanksgiving is kind of a weird holiday. With so many responsibilities, tasks, family reunions, elaborate dinners, first-time introductions, and many other tiny little details that demand your attention at once, it’s easy to feel worried. And as we can see from the examples in this list, not everyone can handle the pressure.

Surprisingly, a 2022 TODAY survey found that the most stressful part of the holiday is the mess and all of the cleaning that follows. However, cooking ranked as the number two stress point for poll participants. It’s easy to see why, as stuffing yourself and your loved ones up until the point you cannot move anymore definitely requires a ton of effort.

While 21% of Thanksgiving merrymakers said that nothing about the holiday was stressful, others mentioned that additional anxiety-inducing situations include political conversations, kids' behavior, travel, and the expectations of relatives.

#4

My Oven Decided Thanksgiving Had Gone Too Smoothly. So It Spontaneously Did This While We Ate

My Oven Decided Thanksgiving Had Gone Too Smoothly. So It Spontaneously Did This While We Ate

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#5

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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JoJo Anisko
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Make sure the turkey is thoroughly done." "Check."

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#6

Friends Ordered A Precooked Turkey From A Local Restaurant

Friends Ordered A Precooked Turkey From A Local Restaurant

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Moreover, the high expectations from friends and family about dinner can make everything even more overwhelming. Interestingly, a survey conducted by OnePoll found that when it comes to cooking, preparing, and serving the Thanksgiving Day meal, the average American says six things don’t go exactly as planned.

The meal that’s most likely to go wrong? You guessed it — turkey, the centerpiece of the celebration. It is the hardest part about hosting the feast for more than half (56%) of the respondents surveyed.

#7

My Wife's Cousin's Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffed With A Loose Handful Of Plain Celery

My Wife's Cousin's Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffed With A Loose Handful Of Plain Celery

She has high-functioning autism and is discovering her love of cooking. She has her own unique sense of aesthetics. If you guys like this one I have several more that are great.

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Biofish23
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a little bland, and definitely odd looking, but not actually bad. Most experts tell you not to fill your turkey with "stuffing" but loosely adding some aromatics is ok.

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#8

Anddd Just Like That Thanksgiving Is Cancelled… Hand Foot Mouth Disease

Anddd Just Like That Thanksgiving Is Cancelled… Hand Foot Mouth Disease

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#9

This Is What I Always Look Forward Too For Thanksgiving

This Is What I Always Look Forward Too For Thanksgiving

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RavenTheCat
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yo cranberry sauce is the bomb I'd be the brave soul to cut me some

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So how can we avoid unfortunate blunders during the holiday? And how can we ensure we have a great, stress-free time while hosting a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner? To gain more insight on the topic from an expert, we reached out to food lover, writer, and journalist Ellen Manning. Being the author of the acclaimed Eat With Ellen blog, she was more than happy to share her thoughts on the matter.

#10

He Had To Prepare A Thanksgiving Gift

He Had To Prepare A Thanksgiving Gift

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Ivo H
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not that bad. Doggo is happy, car is one carwash visit from the perfect state.

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#11

Ordered Chinese Food For My Family For Thanksgiving, To Be Untraditional

Ordered Chinese Food For My Family For Thanksgiving, To Be Untraditional

I showed up when they told me to, and they were closed. I'm sure I'll get the money back... but now I'm driving around town. I've gotta figure out something for thanksgiving dinner... And literally nothing is open.

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#12

Fil Thought Temp Gauge Was A Timer

Fil Thought Temp Gauge Was A Timer

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When asked why big feasts are notorious for not going as planned, she told Bored Panda, "If you think about it, it’s very rare that most of us cook for a big group so we basically never practice then try to pull it out of the bag on big occasions."

"Cooking for large numbers takes practice — it’s daunting, timings might be different, and things might need approaching in a different way. If the last time you did it was a year ago, the chances are it’s going to be a challenge, hence it often goes wrong," Ellen added.

#13

I Picked Up Some Last Minute Thanksgiving Items On Lunch Break And Left Them Tied Up In A Bag In The Break Room Fridge. This Is How I Found My Pie

I Picked Up Some Last Minute Thanksgiving Items On Lunch Break And Left Them Tied Up In A Bag In The Break Room Fridge. This Is How I Found My Pie

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Andrea Pereira
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would go to security and see if there's camera footage. Also make a complaint with HR. Who does this thing!!? Psychos!!!

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#14

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all

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#15

This Salad A Family Member Brought For Thanksgiving

This Salad A Family Member Brought For Thanksgiving

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Some of the most common reasons things go wildly wrong when cooking and preparing food are bad timing and not starting early enough. "Prep is important at the best of times but when it’s large volumes for lots of people, it’s even more so," the food blogger warned.

#16

My Brother Made The Most Upsetting Pie I’ve Ever Had In My Life

My Brother Made The Most Upsetting Pie I’ve Ever Had In My Life

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#17

Thanksgiving, A Tragic Story

Thanksgiving, A Tragic Story

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Ivo H
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's bad, but at least your house is still standing and not on fire, which is nice.

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#18

Deliciously S***ty Thanksgiving Cake

Deliciously S***ty Thanksgiving Cake

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So what can you do to ease the stress and avoid screw-ups in the kitchen? Well, according to Ellen, it’s quite simple: "Plan plan plan."

"Work out what you need, what order you’re doing things in, and do as much ahead of time as you can. Literally working backward from when you plan to serve and writing yourself out a step-by-step timeline, down to the minute maybe, will make you feel in control and ensure things don’t get forgotten or left or cooked for too long," Ellen concluded.

#19

Day Before Thanksgiving And My Oven Element Burned And Snapped In Half. Yay

Day Before Thanksgiving And My Oven Element Burned And Snapped In Half. Yay

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Mad Dragon
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had that happen the year I invited my parents and in-laws to our house for Thanksgiving. My mom moved the entire event to her house and my dad installed a new element the day after Thanksgiving. It’s now a favorite memory of “The time I hosted Thanksgiving...in Mom’s kitchen.”

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#20

Moms Turkey Exploded, Christmas Vacation Style

Moms Turkey Exploded, Christmas Vacation Style

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L.V
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

May not look great, but it looks tasty!

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#21

My Mom Is Staying With Us This Week For Thanksgiving

My Mom Is Staying With Us This Week For Thanksgiving

She wanted to make tea but instead of asking for help with the electric kettle she microwaved my chargeable self heating mug and caught it on fire.

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The Goo King
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What kind of monster uses a microwave to make tea in the first place?

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#22

Someone New Recipe For Thanksgiving?

Someone New Recipe For Thanksgiving?

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#23

Someone From My Snapchat At Thanksgiving

Someone From My Snapchat At Thanksgiving

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#24

Turkey Crafted From Spam, Merry Thanksgiving

Turkey Crafted From Spam, Merry Thanksgiving

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#25

A Perfect Addition To Thanksgiving Dinner

A Perfect Addition To Thanksgiving Dinner

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Potty pagan panda
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s fine just scrape off the burnt bits no one with notice

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#26

I'm Such An Amazing Chef Man

I'm Such An Amazing Chef Man

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nkn.
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What are you talking about ?! you killed toothless 😭

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#27

Thanksgiving Turkey Was Rubbed With Brown Sugar And Seasonings Before Being Deep Fried. Got Carmelized

Thanksgiving Turkey Was Rubbed With Brown Sugar And Seasonings Before Being Deep Fried. Got Carmelized

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#28

Facebook Found Deviled Eggs. Happy Thanksgiving!

Facebook Found Deviled Eggs. Happy Thanksgiving!

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#29

X90j I Orders For Thanksgiving. UPS Was Not Kind

X90j I Orders For Thanksgiving. UPS Was Not Kind

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#30

My Mom’s Thanksgiving Turkey

My Mom’s Thanksgiving Turkey

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#31

I Guess We Don't Have Thanksgiving Dessert

I Guess We Don't Have Thanksgiving Dessert

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karl briggs
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can't the topping simply be spread out over the base and then baked??

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#32

Just Got Home From Thanksgiving Dinner At Mom’s

Just Got Home From Thanksgiving Dinner At Mom’s

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