This one never gets old.

Shaker BethanyJo emails: "I saw a link to this, complete with thumbnail photo, on the front page of the 'lifestyle' section of It shows a cooked turkey that has had foil put on it to look like it has bikini tan lines. Really made my stomach turn."

Called "the Suntanned Turkey," this one comes up every year around Thanksgiving. When I first blogged about it in 2007, it was going around in an email that came complete with this charming little bit of rhyming fat hatred:

May your stuffing be tasty; May your turkey plump.
May your potatoes and gravy have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!

Yeah—'cuz if you're fat, no one will ever make a turkey that looks like you to carve apart in a ritualistic holiday feast! Or something.

I can't even begin to tell you how fast I would stand up and walk out of a Thanksgiving dinner (or any other dinner, for that matter) in which the main course had been anthropomorphized to evoke a woman, just before a carving knife was plunged into it.

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