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Every year in November, family members gather around the table and give thanks while enjoying the traditional turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes etc.
In honor of Thanksgiving, Paris Gourmet has listed 17 random facts about this holiday. So make your plate and enjoy your meal and these random facts.
🦃 In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday due to honoring Sarah Josepha Hale's ( she is known for writing the song "Mary had a little lamb") on going letters, requesting for 17 years that it should be a national holiday.
🦃 It has a rough history, but some U.S. Presidents pardon their turkey from being their dinner.
🦃 The average American eats around 16lbs of turkey per year.
🦃 In 1953 Swanson company had 260 tons of leftover frozen turkeys, so a salesman came up with the idea to make tv/ frozen dinners out of the leftovers
🦃 Cranberries are also known as "bounce berries" due to the method of tossing the cranberry in order to determine if it is ripe. So if your cranberry has a bounce, its ready to eat!
🦃 60 million boxes of Stovetop's instant stuffing is sold each Thanksgiving
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🦃 The USDA states not to rinse your turkey in order to prevent harmful bacteria from spreading. As long as you cook the turkey to 165 degrees F, it will eliminate bacteria.
🦃 Minnesota produces the most turkeys in the U.S.
🦃 Only male turkeys can produce the "gobble" sound and it ca be heard from a mile away.
🦃 The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. In 1920 the NFL played their first game on the holiday.
🦃 Butterball answers over 100,000 questions about turkey and its cooking techniques every November and December. These questions can be answered via their Butterball Turkey Hotline
🦃 Apple pie is considered the most popular pie in the States.
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🦃 The average American consumes 3,000 - 5,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner.
🦃 There are 4 towns in the U.S. named " Turkey". They are located in North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana.
🦃 There is a National Turkey Federation... it does exist!
🦃 In WW2, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was cancelled due to the war and the rubber from the balloons was used to supply the army.
🦃 The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade didn't even have balloons. Instead they featured animals from the Central Park Zoo.
🦃🦃🦃 For more fun facts about Thanksgiving 🦃🦃🦃
🦃 Mental Floss - 25 Little Known Facts About Thanksgiving
🦃 Mental Floss - 23 Thanksgiving Food Facts
🦃 Mental Floss - Debunking 18 Thanksgiving Myths
🦃🤣🦃 For A Good Laugh🦃🤣🦃
🦃🤣Addams Family Values (1993)- Wednesday's Revolt
🦃🤣Addams Family Thanksgiving Turkey Day Song