Thanksgiving Trivia

 

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The date of the first Thanksgiving is not precisely known though it occurred between September 21 and November 9, 1621. 
The first Thanksgiving was observed in Plymouth. The Plymouth Pilgrims dined with the Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.
The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
It was not until 1941, that congress declared  the fourth Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving and a national holiday. 
Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada. 
Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. This tradition has held forth since at least the 1930s.
The different nicknames for Thanksgiving Day: "Turkey Day" "T-Day" "Macy’s Day "Yanksgiving" (Canadians sometimes call the Thanksgiving in the US as "Yanksgiving" to distinguish it from the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday)
Turkey is the traditional dish for the Thanksgiving feast - 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.
The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
A turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
Turkeys have poor night vision.
A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer.
Turkeys were one of the first animals in the Americas to be domesticated.
Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
The 'wishbone' of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.

 
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