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Surprising (& Surprisingly Fun!) Facts About Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2015

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Surprising (& Surprisingly Fun!) Facts About Thanksgiving

Wow your dinner guests with these fun facts about Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. You may have your menu planned, your turkey purchased, and your guest list finalized. Have you, however, considered brushing up on your dinner table talk? Impress your friends and family by sharing these fun facts about Thanksgiving over the table on the holiday!
  • Today’s turkeys never stood a chance! If a turkey is less than 12 weeks old, it’s technically known as a “fryer-roaster.”
  • Black Friday isn’t the only American tradition born out of post-Thanksgiving happenings. TV dinners came to be when some smart minds at Swanson decided to make frozen packages of their extra turkey leftover after Thanksgiving. This was a great save since they’d over-ordered by 26 tons!
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, the writer of “Mary had a Little Lamb,” is largely to thank for the official celebration. She lobbied to Lincoln until he declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday.
  • You may have heard that Ben Franklin preferred the turkey over the eagle as our national bird. What you may not know is that he thought this because he felt the turkey was a “much more respectable bird” than the eagle, which he wrote has “bad moral character.”
  • Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving, but they commemorate the holiday on the second Monday in October.
  • Ever noticed that Thanksgiving’s bird and a nation across the ocean have the same name? That’s thanks to the fact that the English called the guinea fowls Turkish merchants were importing "turkeys," named after their importing country. When the Spanish found a similar-tasting bird in America, they also called it a turkey.
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