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Buongiorno amici: Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Here are some fun facts about Thanksgiving to share around the dinner table.

  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival.

  • It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days.

  • Historians believe that only five women were present.

  • Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving.

  • Instead, they likely served venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).

  • Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.

  • The history of U.S. presidents pardoning turkeys is patchy. Harry Truman is credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but that’s not entirely true. He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner. Next, John F. Kennedy was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon, who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. Finally, George H.W. Bush is the president who formalized the turkey pardoning tradition in 1989.

  • There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They are in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

  • The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500, and probably more.

  • Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.

  • The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. However, the Thanksgiving of 1920 played the first NFL official league games.

  • More than 60 million Americans will probably travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. That’s up 4.8% from last year.

  • {Via World Stride}

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