Random Fact Tuesday- The Thanksgiving Edition

  • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
  • Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey.
  • More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds – about the size of a German Sheppard.
  • There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.  But there was boiled pumpkin.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and America’s first female magazine editor, wrote to five U.S. presidents over 40 years urging that Thanksgiving be made a national holiday.
  • Football has been played on the Thanksgiving holiday going back to 1920. The Detroit Lions have played in every single Thanksgiving Day football game since 1934 and the Dallas Cowboys have done the same since 1966.
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining!
  • The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. (Now that’s a lot of turkey!)
  • The turkey industry grosses over $1 billion a year.
  • In 1947, the first Presidential pardon was ceremoniously given to a turkey.
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