Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving

·  The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.

·  The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.

·  They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.

·  They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

·  The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.

·  The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.

·  The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

·  Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.

·  Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

·  The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

Fun Turkey Facts

·  The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

·  The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

·  A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

·  The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

·  Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.

·  Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.

·  Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.

·  Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.

·  Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

·  A large group of turkeys is called a flock.

·  Turkeys have poor night vision.

·  It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.

·  A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

·  In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

·  Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.

·  Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

·  Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.

·  Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.

·  Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.