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Tips and Tricks on Winning the Wishbone Challenge

Kara Yaquinta
By Kara Yaquinta - November 30, 2019

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to watch the Macy’s Day Parade, eat a scrumptious meal with the family and prepare for some shopping. There’s one more exciting tradition families look forward to during their family feasts and that’s who is going to win the Wishbone Challenge.

What is the Wishbone Challenge?

Well…in case you have been living under a rock, it’s a pretty old tradition where family members go head-to-head in breaking off the bigger piece of the “U” shaped bone from the turkey. It’s believed to bring the winner good luck and in the more competitive households, money too. So, if you’re not interested in draining your bank account  right before holiday shopping, then follow these tips and tricks on how to be the champion of the family and walk away with not only wishes, but cash too.

  1. Wait a few days after Thanksgiving. This is a great way to teach everyone in the household how to have patience, but unfortunately that’s not the only reason, just a benefit. You have to wait because a moist wishbone will only bend, not snap like a completely dry one would. However, if your family absolutely can’t wait, pop it in the oven for a few hours, this will take the moisture out.
  1. Once everyone in the household has complained for about 2-3 days, in some cases hours, use that time to determine which side is thicker. Apparently, the thicker side holds more weight, which will give you the advantage when it comes to breaking off the winning piece of the wishbone.
  1. When it’s time to go head-to-head use your dominant hand. More strength combined with comfort, equals better chances of winning. Also, remember to wipe the Thanksgiving leftovers off your hands, as we just explained a wet wishbone won’t break.
  1. And for our last piece of advice, grab as close to the V as possible. The appropriate term for this is called “choking up,” and some may consider it cheating, but if you let your opponent do all the work chances are they won’t notice!

Remember these tips and tricks when you go to break the wishbone. This is the worst time of the year to have to owe someone money and besides who wants to lose? Have a happy Thanksgiving and good luck!

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