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Turkey Day Trivia!

10/29/2015 11:15AM ● Published by David Norby

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Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving

·  The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving. 

·  The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land. 

·  The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast. 

·  The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. 

·  Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.

·  Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup, honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

·  The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives and their fingers. 

Thanksgiving Facts throughout History

·  Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the U.S. 

·  Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

·  Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third of October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. 

·  The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920s. 

·  In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.

·  Congress passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year. 

·  Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm. 

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

·  In the U.S., about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations. 

·  Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16-18 pounds of turkey.

·  Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the U.S. 

·  Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada. 

Fun Turkey Facts

·  The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

·  The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. 

·  A 15-pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat. 

·  The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger. 

·  Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef. 

·  Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity. 

·  Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise. 

·  Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly. 

·  Turkeys have heart attacks. The U.S. Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier and nearby turkeys dropped dead of heart attacks. 

·  Turkeys have poor night vision.

·  It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30-pound tom turkey. 

·  A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five-to-seven-month-old turkey is called a young roaster.

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