Did You Know? Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Did You Know? Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Want to impress friends and family this Thanksgiving?  Wow them with some tasty turkey day trivia!

The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony in 1621.  It included 53 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days (talk about a food coma!).  More than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving.  In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed it to the fourth Thursday in November.  Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.

There are four places in the U.S. named Turkey.  Louisiana’s Turkey Creek; Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona.

Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble.  Females, called hens, cackle.

Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers, according to Roto-Rooter.  After all, someone must clean up after household guests who “overwhelm the system.”

In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving – by 260 tons!  So, they came up with a brilliant plan…slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings.  And, TV dinners were born!

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade didn’t feature any balloons.  When it debuted in 1924, there were animals from the Central Park Zoo, knights, jugglers, and clowns.  Balloons weren’t introduced until 1927.

The Butterball Turkey Talk Line has answered more than 100,000 calls each season for more than 30 years.

Millions of Americans tune in to watch football on Thanksgiving every year.  The owner of the Detroit Lions wanted to promote the game in his baseball-obsessed city and convinced NBC to broadcast the game.  The first broadcast was in 1934 and the Lions have played on every Thanksgiving except during World War II.  The Dallas Cowboys joined in on this tradition in the 1960’s.

Each year, the president of the U.S. pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.  The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947.

According to estimates by the National Turkey Foundation, 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving.  And, 22% of the turkeys we eat come from Minnesota!

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