Friday, November 8, 2013

Fun Facts Friday- Thanksgiving


1. The first national Thanksgiving Day was issued by George Washington in 1789.

2. Plumbers get 60% more phone calls on the day after Thanksgiving than they do on other days.

3. President Abraham Lincoln was the first President to set Thanksgiving Day to be the last Thursday of November. Before 1863, Thanksgiving Day varied from year to year.

4. A wild turkey can run up to 25 mph and fly up to 55 mph. 

5. Part of the reason that Swanson started creating T.V. Dinners in 1953 was because they needed to find something to do with 260 tons of frozen turkeys that were left over from Thanksgiving.

6. Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the
 sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.

7. Turducken, a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, is becoming more popular in 
Thanksgiving (originated in Louisiana). A turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the open areas are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned and yummy breadcrumb mixture.

8. In 1942, London's Westminster Abbey held Thanksgiving services for U.S. troops stationed in England. 
More than 3,500 soldiers filled the church's pews to sing America, the Beautiful and The Star-Spangled Banner.

9. Three Towns with Turkey: Turkey, Texas, Turkey Creek, La. and Turkey, N.C.

10. Thanksgiving Funny:
Adam: What did the turkey say to the turkey hunter?         James: What? 
Adam: Quack! Quack!
     In Louisiana, Wild Turkey Season starts around March. Duck Season Starts in November. 


  1. I'm sorry, but I think the fact about whole fields of turkeys dropping dead during the sound barrier test runs is particularly funny.

  2. 260 tons of leftover turkey?? also interesting that they can fly up to 55 MPH. Another factoid is that they have spurs on their legs that can give you a really nasty cut

  3. I had no idea that is how Swanson foods began. It is interesting to learn there were so many turkeys left over after Thanksgiving.

  4. I love your fun facts, very interesting!

  5. I had no idea turkey have heart attacks. How strange that the Air force would perform test runs near fields of turkeys.

  6. I've never ate Turducken but definitely want to try it one day, it looks delicious to me! The poor little turkeys having heart attacks, that is sad. :( Me and my husband were just having an argument today that he thought Thanksgiving was the third Thursday of the month and I told him it was on the last Thursday and well now we know thanks to you and Lincoln!

  7. I have to laugh at the idea of plumbers getting a high percentage of calls after Thanksgiving!