You might think you already know everything there is to know about Thanksgiving. Sure, it’s an annual feast we have with family and friends to commemorate the coming together of the pilgrims and the Native Americans. But there’s a whole lot more to this holiday than you might think…
And it’s really strange.
1. President Thomas Jefferson thought making Thanksgiving a National Holiday was “a ridiculous proposition.”Creative Commons
2. The real first Thanksgiving was held in Texas in 1541 when Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his expedition held a Thanksgiving celebration in Palo Duro Canyon.Legends of Kansas
3. Baby turkeys are called poults. They are ridiculously cute. Infinite Spider
4. Sarah Hale is considered the “Mother of Thanksgiving”. She urged President Abraham Lincoln to make it a National Holiday. She also wrote the popular song “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”Modern Notion
5. The Snoopy Balloon has appeared more than any other balloon in the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Parade.The Odyssey Online
6. Cranberries were once used for more than just sauce. Native Americans used them to treat wounds and dye arrows. Fooducate
7. The first Thanksgiving meal took THREE DAYS to eat. Immediate Care
8. Domestic turkeys can’t fly — but they have been to outer space. Turkey was the first meal enjoyed by the Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.Geek Girl
9. The Turkey was Ben Franklin’s vote for the national bird. Slate
10. The very first TV dinners sold were turkey dinners.Bleed Cuisine
11. The night before Thanksgiving is the single biggest day for bar sales in the U.S. Mass Nightly
12. The best way to tell if a cranberry is ripe it to see if it bounces. Earth Balance Natural
13. Americans eat the weight of Singapore’s population in turkey every year — up to 690 million pounds!Wiki
14. There were no forks at the first Thanksgiving. People ate using knives, spoons, and their fingers.Wiki
15. The average person eats enough each Thanksgiving to gain 1.3 pounds.NIH
Could you imagine a three-day-long Thanksgiving dinner?! Pie coma ahoy!
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