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The presidential pardon of a Thanksgiving turkey might just be the strangest ceremony that Americans have. But what was it really basted (er, based) on?

Click above to watch a special TV segment from last year, on the true history —and the dark side — of this silly tradition. Then share this video!

Video via Up w/Steve Kornacki/MSNBC.

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