The Most-Googled Thanksgiving Recipe in Each State

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Each year when November rolls around, novice cooks start frantically searching for answers to all their turkey-related questions. When should it be thawed? Is an oven or deep fryer better? What’s the best recipe? Hotlines like Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line get flooded with hundreds of thousands of calls each holiday season.

So it’s no surprise that turkey was the most-Googled Thanksgiving dish across America last November, according to Satelliteinternet.com’s new analysis of food-related Google searches. But not every cook was looking for turkey advice last Thanksgiving. There was plenty of regional variation in the recipes people were searching for, as the map below shows.

Green bean and corn casseroles were the next most-searched items after turkey last year, having amassed a particularly large fan base in the Midwest. Other searches are more unique. Vermonters seem to love ambrosia salad, while Louisianans can be expected to serve up a lot of cornbread dressing. Meanwhile, residents of Maryland, Virginia, Mississippi, and Illinois wanted to know how to make a copycat version of Popeyes Cajun turkey. (If you happen to be one of them, you can view a recipe here.)

A color-coded map of the U.S.
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Meanwhile, in Idaho and Utah, Jell-O is apparently a very popular dish in the month of November. Perhaps people were whipping up something like Allrecipe.com's Thanksgiving Jell-O Salad, which is made from crushed pineapple, cottage cheese, lime Jell-O, and whipped topping.

Previous analyses have found even more variation in what Americans eat on Thanksgiving. Back in 2014, The New York Times looked into the most uniquely popular Thanksgiving dish in each state, excluding common dishes like turkey. Deer jerky, sweet potato dumplings, asparagus casserole, turkey enchiladas, and something called frog eye salad were a few of the top search results.

Those dishes aren’t nearly as weird as some of the Thanksgiving dishes that were served up several decades ago, though. Creamed onions, cranberry salad with mayonnaise, and jellied turkey-vegetable salad are among some of the more off-putting vintage recipes we’ve dug up.

The Most Binge-Watched TV Show in Each State

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Does geographical location influence taste when it comes to binge-watching TV shows? That was the question tackled by Geek.com, which polled 1500 people across the country recently to discover which shows rank among the most popular in each state. Here’s what they found out.

An infographic shows the most-binged television shows in each state
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It comes as little surprise that Game of Thrones, which is available on HBO’s cable and streaming platforms, is a series that exhibits widespread appeal. The fantasy drama, which is currently airing its eighth and final season, ranks as the show most likely to be binged and the favorite of eight states. Coming in second was The Office (Netflix), with Ozark (Netflix), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime), and Grace and Frankie (Netflix) rounding out the top five.

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Many of the binged shows are comedies, with 44.9 percent of respondents deeming it their preferred genre. Residents of Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Utah were notable exceptions, with those states leaning toward dramas.

While shows like Friends, NCIS, and Stranger Things ranked first in many states, others hold some outliers. The Hallmark family drama When Calls the Heart is favored in Utah, Nevada prefers the CW series Supernatural, and North Dakota enjoys the violent action-drama The Punisher.

While Game of Thrones is on top for now, streaming services shouldn’t underestimate the affection for network sitcoms. Of those polled, 19 percent said they would cancel Netflix if Friends left the line-up, and 14 percent would do the same if The Office disappeared.

[h/t Geek.com]

The Most Talked-About Cat and Dog Breeds in Each State

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Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Every pet parent thinks their fur baby’s breed is the brightest and cutest—and in a way, they’re all right. But some breeds are more popular on social media than others, and we’re not talking about the number of followers your munchkin cat or blue-eyed husky has on Instagram.

As Veterinarian’s Money Digest reports, TrustedHousesitters—a website that matches travel-loving pet parents with trusted pet sitters—analyzed more than 3.5 million social media posts (on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) across the country to determine the most widely discussed cat and dog breeds by state. As it turns out, the most talked-about feline and canine breeds are Persians and bulldogs, respectively. Persians are the top talked-about kitty in 31 states, and bulldogs are social media stars in 13 states (although the findings didn't distinguish between English and French bulldogs).

More than half of all social media mentions of pet breeds came from Californians, who apparently love to discuss their animals online. Some of the findings are unsurprising—like the fact that the husky is most popular in Alaska, or that the Maine coon is most popular in Maine—while others are harder to explain. (Take, for instance, South Dakota’s affinity for short-haired Abyssinian cats.)

The analysis also took smaller pets into consideration. Lizards are discussed more frequently than any particular cat or dog in Las Vegas, and micro pigs are surprisingly popular in Arizona. For the adorable evidence, just look at the Instagram hashtag #AZMicroMiniPigs.

Check out the interactive map below to see where your kitty or pooch’s breed is most popular.

[h/t Veterinarian’s Money Digest]

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