Thanksgiving 2019, Thursday, November 28. Thanksgiving day is one of the most celebrated days in the United States. From the very beginning of our childhood, we have been celebrating this day with utmost pleasure. Generally, we give thanks and get stuff on this very special day. However, celebrating the day, in the same way, is really a monotonous thing. That’s why we have come up with 20 unique things about Thanksgiving.
Here Are 20 Thanksgiving Facts That’s you probably don’t know
1. “Tom” turkey
Tom Turkey is a simple turkey. Indeed, it is a male turkey named after Thomas Jefferson by Ben Franklin.
2. 1/6 of annual turkey consumption in America occurs today
Thanksgiving is a day in which some 45 million turkeys are consumed in America. That’s a great deal. The quantity of turkeys consumed by the US is almost 1/6 all year-round. Can you believe this?
3. A grand ol’ gobbler
Usually, turkeys are heavy and large. So, if one turkey is above the average size, it is no surprise. Incidentally, Dr. Sarah Birkhold said the heaviest turkey was 86 pounds. The size in some cases could be as big as a German shepherd.
4. America will eat the weight of Singapore in turkey today
It’s amazing that the US is eating a big amount of turkeys this day. It is estimated that 690 million turkeys have already been eaten in the US. The most incredible thing about it is that the whole nation, Singapore, has as much weight as it does.
5. Average Thanksgiving calorie consumption per capita 6000
Turkey meat is rich in both calories and protein. But on Thanksgiving Day, the US consumes too many turkey calories. They eat 4000 to 6000 calories on a daily basis, as an average American.
6. Benjamin Franklin was obsessed with turkeys
Benjamin Franklin thought turkeys were too much American and for this reason, Bald Eagle was chosen as the national bird of America. But later in a letter to his daughter, he said that it was a wrong decision and turkey was a perfect choice.
7. Berry bounce
Can you tell this cranberry is ripe or not? you need to bounce it! The higher the bounce the ripper the cherry is!
8. Forkless frustration
Can you imagine your frustration is trying to stab your turkey with a spoon? Though forks had been around for a long time, for some reason the pilgrims did not bring any with them never. Instead, they used napkins to keep their hands clean.
9. Irony in the Abbey
Thanksgiving was a holiday started by the Pilgrims escaping religious persecution. the irony was evident when 3,500 American soldiers filled the pews of Westminster Abbey in 1942 for a Thanksgiving service.
10. Israel consumes more turkey than any other nation
Israel is such a small nation but the interesting thing is they need and consumes more turkey then the US! Israel’s every capita consumption is 11.5 kg, on the other hand in the US it is only 7.7 kg.
11. Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving song
This song was originally composed for Thanksgiving by James Pierpont in 1857 for the children celebrating at Boston Sunday school. As it was so popular it was repeated in Christmas Eve and then again and again and again.
12. Largest annual source of bar sales
Do you know? rather any other ceremony in America, the eve before Thanksgiving, is responsible for the most bar sales in the US? MOre than new york or the super bowls eve this occasion is much more popular in America.
13. National Day of Mourning
Since 1970, European-Native American relations have gathered at Plymouth rock to celebrate “National Day of Mourning“.
14. Origin Controversy
The history of this holiday is not that clear but you should expect a holiday on this specific day and a reason behind this. Though 1863 was the first year to celebrate this and Plymouth rock is known as the first place to have this one.
15. Presidential Pardon
Since 1947 the national turkey federation gives a turkey to the president to have a nice meal at the dinner table. President J.W Bush was the first president to offer it officially. Since then a lucky turkey has been offered a presidential pardon every year.
16. Sarah Joseph Hale
This person who wrote “Marry has a little lamb” brought us this Thanksgiving day as a national holiday. After constantly writing letters from almost 36 years, Sarah Hale finally convinced Abraham Lincoln to recognize this day as a public holiday in 1863.
17. Thomas Jefferson wasn’t
Thanksgiving was the most ridiculous notion ever, thought by Thomas Jefferson.
18. Turkeys are prone to heart attacks
Evidently, turkeys have very sensitive cardiovascular systems. In some cases when the US air force passing by with their planes many turkeys found dead near the testing fields for the sound of these planes.
19. Turkeys are the only poultry native to the West
As it is popularly believed that and still there is some debate on this topic but for the most part, it is accepted that turkeys are the only poultry originally from this half of the globe.
Many people know that Thanksgiving is actually on the second Monday of October. What we celebrate is known to them as “Yanksgiving”. But Americans aren’t the only ones to thankfully consume turkey on this particular day. If you ask any of our neighbors to the north they’ll tell you about this one.