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8 Crazy Facts You Didn't Know About Thanksgiving

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Think you know all there is to know about Thanksgiving? Think again. Here are eight crazy facts you can impress your family and friends with this Thanksgiving.

  • On average, about 46 million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving. 
  • Part of the reason that Swanson created the original frozen T.V. dinners in 1953 was because it needed to find something to do with 260 tons of leftover frozen Thanksgiving turkeys. 
  • Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared, but domesticated turkeys that are bred are heavier and can't run quite that fast.
  • The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has the most liquor sales of the whole year.
  • Benjamin Franklin campaigned for the turkey, not the bald eagle, to be the national bird. He wrote in a letter to his daughter, had "bad moral character." A turkey, on the other hand, was a "much more respectable bird." 
  • For the past 67 years, the president has pardoned a live turkey every Thanksgiving. The pardoned turkeys get to live on a farm until they die of old age.
  • Have you ever wondered why Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November? President Abe Lincoln said Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November, but in 1939 President Roosevelt moved it up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back two years later.
  • Turkeys get their name from European settlers who were first introduced to the bird by Turkish merchants in Europe. When the settlers saw the bird running wild in the Americas, they simply called them “turkeys.”

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