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Fun Thanksgiving Facts

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Nov 21, 2016 8:31:22 AM


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I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! Here in the United States we celebrate on the fourth Thursday in November, and a traditional Thanksgiving meal involves turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and other seasonal foods. While all of this is pretty well known, I bet you didn’t know at least a few of the interesting facts below!

  • Even though Thanksgiving is about celebrating the Pilgrims coming to the new world, Congress waited until 1941 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  • Turducken originated in Louisiana! (Turducken is a turkey stuffed with a duck and the duck is stuffed with a chicken.) The gaps are filled with different kinds of stuffing.
  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving day.
  • Thanksgiving is responsible for the invention of TV dinners! Kind of. What happened was that in the early 50s, someone at Swanson way overestimated the number of turkeys that they would need (by 26 tons!). Someone (who hopefully got a raise) suggested that they cut up the turkeys and add trimmings and freeze the meals to sell to consumers frozen.
  • Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving, but they do it on the second Monday in October.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale was the person who wrote the nursey rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. What does that have to do with Thanksgiving? Well, she was also one of the people who actively campaigned to make Thanksgiving a holiday.
  • One fifth of the Turkeys eaten each year in the United States are eaten on Thanksgiving.
  • Turkeys have been in the Americas for 10 million years.
  • Turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour.
  • Many people of Italian descent will include lasagna as part of (or the main course) or their Thanksgiving meals.
  • Meanwhile, on the West Coast of the United States, Dungeness crab season has recently begun so some families will use those as the center dish of their Thanksgiving.
  • Americans are divided on a very important topic: whether to cook stuffing inside or outside the Turkey. The country is about split evenly on which way to do it.
  • Finally, the Guinness Book of Records lists the heaviest (dressed) turkey at 86 lbs. That would take a long time to cook and you’d need a giant oven!


Topics: Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Dining, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Fall, Seasons

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