Five Random Facts for Your Thanksgiving

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3rd, 1863.  Sarah Josepha Hale is credited with convincing him to do it.  She’s also the woman who wrote the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

2.  There are two towns in the United States named “Turkey”, in Texas and North Carolina.  And two named “Turkey Creek”, in Arizona and Louisiana.

3.  The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.  (But seriously, if that’s the over-under, I’m going to have to take the OVER.)

4.  The original TV dinner was the result of a Thanksgiving miscalculation by Swanson in 1953.  The company was left with 260 tons of frozen turkey following the holiday, and a salesman suggested packaging the excess product into trays, with some traditional sides, and selling them as “TV dinners.”

5.  According to USDA, the top turkey producing states are Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, Virginia, Iowa, and California.


(Wiki / Wiki / The Manual / Smithsonian / USDA)