The Economist and Vox.com are not resting on the national holiday, unsurprising considering one is a British publication.
To start, Vox.com produced a series of charts and ranks of various traditional sides. At a time when the “finest family chefs turn into wizards in white aprons” but turkeys can still turn out dry, “sides make or break Thanksgiving. And that’s the reason why we decided to definitively choose the best side – using science and hard data, of course.” And ever the explainers, the team dives deep into modern thinking on topics such as “The Leftover Theorem” and “Ideal Plate Distribution Strategies.” You can read it here. I also collected the clearly algorithmically produced charts here.
For a more hard hitting approach, the Economist turns to “the rock-solid scientific assumption that present trends will persist” in turkey sizes. In 1929, a turkey weighed in around 13.2 lbs. These days we can expect a 30 lbs. Predictions are not good for tomorrow’s children.
The Economist’s prediction coming the same week as a surprise reveal in the released Jurassic World preview… as anyone working in data will tell you, correlation is everything…