Turkey Day Trivia!
Oct 29, 2015 11:15AM ● Published by David Norby
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TURKEY DAY TRIVIA!
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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