South Carolinians Try To Avoid Burning Down Their Homes This Thanksgiving

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No matter what you decide to serve for the holidays this year, make sure you prepare it very, very carefully: According to State Farm data, South Carolina from 2005-2012 had a greater incidence of Thanksgiving Day cooking mishaps than any other state in the continental U.S.

Although five states produced more cooking-related claims than South Carolina, those numbers can be attributed to much larger populations. In New York, for example, over the seven years covered by the survey, one out of every 889,545 residents reported an injury or fire caused by cooking. By contrast, one out of every 295,250 South Carolinians had a bad run-in with a turkey fryer or kitchen grease.

Only Alaskans were more likely to have their holiday end with an insurance claim: With five claims filed over the survey’s span, one out of every 146,289 Alaskans saw a holiday meal go dangerously awry. Continue reading

Restaurant Beseeches Costumed Customers to Behave Responsibly

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Attention, masqueraders! If you insist on dining in disguise today, Black Bean Co. would prefer you keep your costumes benign. “The sign started out as politely asking customers to not wear their masks into the store, mainly for safety issues,” says downtown store general manager Matt Lickiss. “I like to give some freedom to my cashiers about coming up with their own clever signs.”

Basically, don’t scare your servers, please.