I heard a Thanksgiving horror story the other day from a friend of mine. One year at dinnertime his mom went to take the turkey out of the oven, only to discover that she had forgotten to turn the oven on! Thanksgiving would have been ruined had it not been for a guest who knew a really fast turkey recipe. I've included it here. Check it out, then post your own Thanksgiving disaster—we've all got one.
Sam's Really Fast Turkey Recipe That Saved Thanksgiving 2003
Set oven at 550. For the first 30-45 minutes, cook turkey until brown, basting every 10 minutes. Turn whole turkey over, breast side down (be careful, this process can splash grease). Cover everything with tin foil—pan and all. Turn oven to 450. Cook breast side down for 1.5 hours.
*My friend says his family has started cooking their bird like this on a fairly regular basis because it turns out very moist meat.