Fun facts about Thanksgiving

<ul> <li>The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.</li> <li>The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.</li> <li>They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of ‘Mayflower’.</li> <li>They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.</li> <li>The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.</li> <li>The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.</li> <li>The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.</li> <li>Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.</li> <li>Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.</li> <li>The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.</li> </ul><div align=”center”> <hr align=”center” size=”3″ width=”100%” /></div>

<strong>Thanksgiving Facts throughout History</strong>

<ul> <li>Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.</li> <li>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”</li> <li>Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.</li> <li>The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul><div align=”center”> <hr align=”center” size=”3″ width=”100%” /></div>

<strong>Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today</strong>

<ul> <li>In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.</li> <li>Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 – 18 pounds of turkey.</li> <li>Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.</li> <li>Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.</li> <li>Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.</li> <li>Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.</li> </ul><div align=”center”> <hr align=”center” size=”3″ width=”100%” /></div>

<strong>Fun Turkey Facts</strong>

<ul> <li>The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.</li> <li>The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.</li> <li>A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.</li> <li>The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.</li> <li>Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.</li> <li>Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.</li> <li>Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.</li> <li>Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.</li> <li>Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.</li> <li>A large group of turkeys is called a flock.</li> <li>Turkeys have poor night vision.</li> <li>It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.</li> <li>A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.</li> </ul>

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