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Star lover
November 22nd, 2017, 08:30 AM
Well, these you might know....and then again, maybe you forgot.....anyway, enjoy!

Thanksgiving Trivia....

1. The first Thanksgiving was actually a three-day celebration.

Today, Thanksgiving is one day — maybe two if you count Black Friday. But apparently the Pilgrims wanted to party even harder. Governor William Bradford organized the feast, inviting the Plymouth colonists' Native American allies. But it was only until the Wampanoag Indian guests came and joined the Pilgrims that they decided to extend the affair.

2. It's unclear if colonists and Native Americans ate turkey at their feast.

There is truly no definitive proof that the bird we wait all year to eat was even offered to guests back in 1621. However, they did indulge in other interesting foods like lobster, seal and swan.

3. Today, a special part of Plymouth, Massachusetts, looks just as it did in the 17th century.

Modeled after an English village and a Wampanoag home site, the historic attraction Plimoth Plantation stays true to its roots. You can order tickets as early as June to attend a Thanksgiving dinner complete with numerous authentic courses, tales of colonial life and centuries-old songs.


4. The woman behind "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is also responsible for Thanksgiving's recognition as a national holiday.

In 1863, writer and editor Sarah Josepha Hale convinced President Abraham Lincoln to officially declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She wrote countless articles and letters to persuade the president — and the rest is history!

5. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade didn't feature any balloons.

But when the parade made its big debut in 1924, it did have something that might be even cooler than balloons: animals from the Central Park Zoo.


6. The first balloons were used in 1927.

Over the next few years, the parade continued to grow in popularity, and in 1927 the live animals were replaced with balloons. A man by the name of Anthony Frederick Sarg moved to New York from London to start his own marionette business. When Macy’s caught wind of his unique talents, they invited Sarg to design a window display for the store to advertise the parade. In addition to the display, Sarg’s animal-shaped balloons made their way into the main event. They were made by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. Felix the Cat was the first balloon animal to be included in the parade.


In 1928, the cast of balloon characters was released into the sky as part of the parade’s finale, but much to everyone’s surprise, they all burst. The next year, the balloons were redesigned to include a safety valve that allowed them to float on for days. Each one also included an address, so whomever found the deflated balloons could mail them back to the store for a free gift.

7. In 1939, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the third Thursday in November — not the fourth.

You might think President Roosevelt could predict the future, as he channeled a "Black Friday" mindset in making this decision. Even though the holiday had been celebrated on the fourth Thursday since its official recognition decades before, Roosevelt bumped it up a week — offering seven more shopping days to the holiday season. Americans, to say the least, didn't love the change, so it was officially (and legally) switched back in 1942.

8. A Thanksgiving mix-up inspired the first TV dinners.

In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys (260 tons, to be exact). To get rid of them all, salesman Gerry Thomas came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. They were sold for 98 cents, and were a hit. Within one year, over ten million were sold.

9. About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving each year.

It's tradition, after all! And on Christmas, 22 million families host an encore with another turkey.

10. But not everyone eats turkey on Thanksgiving.

According to the National Turkey Federation, only 88% of Americans chow down on turkey. Which begs the question, what interesting dishes are the other 12% cooking up?
(We're having ham at friend's house.....sniff, sniff)

11. You might consume up to 229 grams fat during the big meal.

I hate to break it to you, but that's about 3 to 4 times the amount of fat you should eat in a day.

12. The turkeys pardoned by the President go on to do some pretty cool things.

President George H.W. Bush pardoned the first turkey in 1989, and it's a tradition that persists today. But what happens to the lucky bird that doesn't get served with a side of mashed potatoes? In 2005 and 2009, the turkeys were sent to Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks to serve as grand marshal in their annual Thanksgiving parades. And from 2010 to 2013, they vacationed at Washington's Mount Vernon state. Not bad!

13. Only male turkeys actually gobble.

You may have been taught in pre-school that a turkey goes "gobble, gobble" — but that's not entirely true. Only male turkeys, fittingly called gobblers, actually make the sound. Female turkeys cackle instead.

14. Most Americans like Thanksgiving leftovers more than the actual meal.

Almost eight in 10 agree that the second helpings of stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie beat out the big dinner itself, according to a 2015 Harris Poll.

15. The Butterball Turkey Talk Line answers almost 100,000 calls each season.

Last year, the company's popular cooking crisis management team also introduced a 24-hour text message line for the lead-up into the big day.

16. There are four places in the country named Turkey.

The U.S. Census has identified another seven called Cranberry, and a grand total of 33 dubbed Plymouth.

17. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

Thanks to all that food we gobble up, Roto-Rooter reports that kitchen drains, garbage disposals and, yes, toilets, require more attention the day after Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.

Hope everyone has a blessed and delicious Thanksgiving!

Georgie Girl
November 22nd, 2017, 08:42 AM
WOW that's a full feast of trivia. All very interesting. Thanks I look forward to your posts of trivia. Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2017, 09:02 AM
Wow! Very interesting, you went to a lot of work. Thank you!

November 22nd, 2017, 09:18 AM
Again some pretty cool trivia.

November 22nd, 2017, 09:26 AM
Interesting for me to read all those facts. We don't celebrate it here in the UK but we hear plenty about it and it's always interesting to learn about the history.

November 22nd, 2017, 09:36 AM
You've put a lot of work into your trivia posts! I love them! Happy Thanksgiving!

Iris Girl
November 22nd, 2017, 09:47 AM
Thank you for some very interesting trivia. Love your trivia lessons!

November 22nd, 2017, 10:13 AM
I like reading the trivia. Thank you, Anita.

Cathy F
November 22nd, 2017, 10:28 AM
Love your trivia!

November 22nd, 2017, 10:30 AM
Did you know that lobster was considered as a trash food and was fed to prisoners before it was a luxury.

I enjoyed your post :)

November 22nd, 2017, 10:41 AM
Amazing...not only the trivia but this gift of sharing that you do each morning. AND NO ADVERTISEMENT. I tried to read an article about a kid building a tiny house on yahoo this morning and gave up. THe ads and the slowness was absurd.
Thank you for this gift you give us daily. One more blessing from my forum friends.

November 22nd, 2017, 06:17 PM
I asked my plumber about this today, and he confirmed it. Extra guests lead to stopped up toilets and extra cooks in the kitchen to sink drain problems. He said after the holiday they replace many garbage disposals due to inexperienced cooks using them improperly! :)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and my your plumbing survive the holiday. :)

Debbie Watters
November 22nd, 2017, 07:41 PM
Thanks for all the informative trivia! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!