This week we give thanks for all the blessing in our lives. From our friends and family to the courageous members of our armed forces, we have a lot to be thankful for. In this day and age, with life moving a mile a minute, it’s easy to forget what makes this country so great. This Thanksgiving, while the pies are cooling and Tom is happily roasting away, remember to take a few moments to reflect on all you have to be thankful for.
Now, to lighten the mood a bit, here are several fun facts about Thanksgiving that are sure to make for some interesting dinner conversations:
Interesting facts about Thanksgiving
- Tomorrow, Americans will eat some 46 million turkeys.
- Instead of the bald eagle, Benjamin Franklin actually lobbied for the turkey to be our national bird.
- No turkey was not served at the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
- We can thank Thanksgiving for the TV dinner. In 1953, Swanson has so much leftover turkey it decided to package it with other sides and sell it.
- There are four towns in the U.S. named turkey. The largest, Turkey, Louisiana, has 435 residents.
- If you feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner, do not blame the turkey. There is not enough Tryptophan in turkey to make you sleepy. The truth is that you overate and digesting all that food take a lot of energy. On the other hand, perhaps it was that extra glass of wine.
- When a wild turkey is frightened, it can run up to 20 miles per hour.
If those interesting facts about Thanksgiving are not enough to spark some conversation at your dinner table, you might want to consider reading up on the real history of Thanksgiving.
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Let us know in the comments below.