· 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.