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Amaze Friends And Family With Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! In honor of that, here are some fun facts about the holiday:

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

– The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.

– They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of Mayflower.

– They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

– 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 and 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
– 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 October 3, 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 23, not November 30, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.

– Congress to pass 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 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% white meat and 30% dark meat.

– The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in a 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 United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

– 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.