Fun Facts Of Thanksgiving

Published 10/29 2009 03:56AM

Updated 10/29 2009 04:57AM

·         Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.

·         45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

·         Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.

·         Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.

·         Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call.

·         The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds.

·         A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.

·         The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as "suggestive."

·         Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees!

·         Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!

·         A turkey's field of vision is 270 degrees

·         The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.

·         There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.

·         Contrary to popular belief, the Pilgrims did not have big buckles on their clothing, shoes, or hats. Buckles did not come into fashion until the late 1600s.

·         The cranberry got its name because the pale pink blossoms on the plant resembled a crane’s head and neck. The name ‘craneberry’ stuck, eventually becoming cranberry.

·         Cranberries of the highest quality will always bounce

·         President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863.

·         President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of establishing a national “Thanksgiving Day.”

·         Congress did not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1941.

·         The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day

·         Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.

·         A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

·         Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

·         More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.

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