Nightly News   |  November 27, 2013

Turkeys are getting bigger … and other Thanksgiving news

Turkeys have gotten much bigger over the years – in 1980 they weighed an average of 19 pounds. Now they are closer to 30. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> turkeys are in the news generally tonight. starting with the with annual turkey pardon at the white house . gave us a chance to see daughters sasha and malia, now 12 and 15. the turkeys chosen to be spared by the president get to live out their lives on a farm.

>>> by the way the pew research center says like the americans eating them, turkeys have gotten bigger over the years. in 1980 the average live bird weighed 19 pounds on average. they have now ballooned closer to 30. with all the work awaiting us on thursday, the pizza industry reports thanksgiving eve -- tonight -- is for many the second biggest day of the year for pizza sales behind super bowl sunday.

>> reporter: hanukkah falls on thanksgiving this year. it's the first time that's happened since 1888 . it starts at sundown tonight. it ends december 5th . the next time hanukkah and thanksgiving are due to coincide is about 76,000 years from now. so in other words, you should live so long.