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Thankgiving Trivia

November 14, 2012
By Shelby Enlow of Thomas Nelson HS



  • Americans eat more than 690 million lbs of turkey during Thanksgiving.
  • An estimation of 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Thanksgiving became a public holiday in 1863, when President Lincoln declared it so.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching down Convent Avenue and 145th Street in New York City. They were accompanied with live animals borrowed from Central Park Zoo.
  • There were 102 pilgrims on the Mayflower.
  • The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1921.
  • The native Americans invited to the first Thanksgiving feast belonged to the Wampanoag tribe
  • Cornucopia means “Horn of Plenty”.
  • Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving.
  • A mature Turkey has approximately 3,500 feathers.
  • Wild turkeys can run up to 25 mph.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November.
  • Commercially raised Turkeys cannot fly.
  • Turkeys can have heart attacks.
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is shown on ABC every year on Thanksgiving Night.
  • NWTF has given a turkey to the White House every Thanksgiving since 1947. The President can choose to either eat or pardon it. Pardoned Turkeys spend the rest of their days at the happiest place on the earth, in Disneyland.
  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

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