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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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15 Thanksgiving Fun Facts You'll Want To Share On Turkey Day

Presented to you by DeLena Ciamacco

Thanksgiving Day is mainly comprised of three activities: spending time with the family, watching football, and eating a hearty meal of turkey. But while you wait for the turkey to be done cooking and for the football game to return from commercial, you’ll want to do more than scroll through Instagram. These Thanksgiving Day fun facts will keep the conversation going, and you may just teach your loved ones a thing or two about the national holiday. Here are interesting bits to share throughout the day

1. Historians have no record of turkey being eaten at the first Thanksgiving.  
The first Thanksgiving Day feast happened in 1621 with three whole days dedicated to the celebration. Although turkey was plentiful in the region and a common food source, it's likely that other "fowling" was served for the occasion, and the well-known bird wasn’t actually the star of the festivities. Instead, "ducks, geese and swans" are believed to have been served to the English settlers and Native Americans.
2. Benjamin Franklin wished the turkey was the national bird.

In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country...For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird." And although Franklin didn’t have his wish granted, his letter inspired a song performed in 1776, the Tony-winning musical about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

3. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade had Central Park Zoo animals.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally called the "Macy's Christmas Parade" to kick off the holiday shopping season, according to AM New York. Held in 1924, the first parade "included a menagerie of circus mainstays, including monkeys, bears, camels, and elephants, all borrowed from the Central Park Zoo," instead of the traditional character balloons.

4. Snoopy has made the most appearances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Fourty-four years after the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Snoopy made his debut in 1968 as a balloon. Throughout the years, the beagle has had a total of seven balloons, making 39 appearances "on and off through 2015" before he was replaced with Charlie Brown in 2016.

5. Sarah Josepha Hale was actually the "Mother of Thanksgiving."
Famously known for writing "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Sarah J. Hale was a 19th-century writer and editor who was nicknamed the Mother (or Godmother) of Thanksgiving. The named seemed fitting after she wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward in 1863, calling for the declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Biography writes, "[Lincoln] followed suit, ultimately leading to a fixed time of annual celebration over the years."

6. The first professional Thanksgiving Day football game was played 1920.
Almost a century ago, Thanksgiving Day fell on November 25 and there were six football games played, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Non-league teams like Elyria Athletics went up against league teams counted in standings. Football fans, whip these stats out from the results of that year's games and you will WIN at table talk:
  • Akron Pros (7) vs. Canton Bulldogs (0)
  • Decatur Staleys (6) vs. Chicago Tigers (0)
  • Elyria (OH) Athletics (0) vs. Columbus Panhandles (0)
  • Dayton Triangles (28) vs. Detroit Heralds (0)
  • Chicago Boosters (27) vs. Hammond Pros (0)
  • All-Tonawanda (NY) (14) vs. Rochester Jeffersons (3)
7. Thanksgiving was once celebrated on the third Thursday in November.
Decades after President Lincoln officially declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, President Roosevelt wanted to mix up the holiday by moving it up to the third Thursday in November, instead of the fourth. By doing this, there were seven more shopping days added in 1939, but it also upset football coaches whose weekend Thanksgiving games were switched to regular weekday games, and not to mention, calendar-printers had incorrect dates.

8. "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving Day song.
Before becoming a Christmas anthem, Jingle Bells was an 1857 song titled "One Horse Open Sleigh," and its composer, James Pierpont, intended it to be a Thanksgiving Day song. But it became so popular around December 25 that in 1859 the title was changed to "Jingle Bells" and the rest is history!

9. Butterball has had a Turkey Talk-Line open for over 35 years.
Believe it or not, Butterball has been answering more than 100,000 turkey-related questions since 1981. If you find yourself with a million questions and Google is too overwhelming, reach for the phone because the Turkey Talk-Line is real and there to help you. Open to U.S. and Canada homes every November to December, the unique hotline is also available to take questions through online chat and email, plus, there are Spanish-speaking experts!

10. Each year, there are about 46 million turkeys cooked.
Thanksgiving Day and turkey go hand-in-hand, so this number shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Although not all Americans celebrate the holiday, there are still millions of families gathering around the table to eat one of the most special meals of the year—and for those who aren’t satisfied with only one day of it, Christmas is also a popular occasion to cook another turkey.

11. The turkey's tryptophan doesn't actually make you tired.
On Thanksgiving Day, you probably prepare yourself mentally knowing you’ll be tired after eating turkey, but the holiday bird isn’t actually to blame. Instead, the reason you can’t imagine doing else but watching football on the couch is because you over-ate. In fact, Dr. Daniel Barone tells Business Insider it's actually called "postprandial fatigue." Simply put, he says this means "after you've had a big meal your body goes into basically shutdown mode and sleep gets promoted."

12. Most Americans enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers more than the meal itself.
Sure, a home’s atmosphere on Thanksgiving Day is unlike any other: The kitchen bustling with last-minute cooking, the dining table set with the best china, and a football game playing on the TV, but many people actually enjoy leftovers more than the actual meal. So, before heading out for Black Friday shopping, confidently eat your stuffing and mashed potatoes because you won’t be the only one doing so.

13. President George H. W. Bush was the first to pardon a turkey.
In 1989, the 41st president pardoned the first turkey ever after noticing the 50-pound bird looked a little antsy at his official Thanksgiving proclamation. Since then, every president has upheld the tradition and a few of the turkeys have gone on to serve a different purpose. In 2005 and 2009, the birds went to Disneyland and Disney World parks to participate in the annual Thanksgiving parades.

14. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as "Drinksgiving."
The holiday season is a time of celebration, which means toasts upon toasts are made. But before the annual feast begins, the night Thanksgiving has come to be known as the booziest days of the year. Also going by the name, “Black Wednesday,” bars aren’t the only businesses experiencing a boom of this night, but also car-services, like Uber, who offered free rides last year, according to Business Insider.

15. Black Friday, aka the day after Thanksgiving, is the busiest day for plumbers.
Plumbing and drain companies don't really get the Friday after Thanksgiving off seeing as though it's actually one of their busiest days of the year. In fact, it's so busy Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Water Cleaning Company actually calls it...well, "Brown Friday."

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