Thanksgiving Facts You Didn’t Know

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Thanksgiving Facts You Didn’t Know

It is the day we wait for all year. The day you have permission to consume copious amounts of food, and drink, without judgment. The day it is ok to eat, pass out, wake up, eat again, all on a continuous repeat cycle. Thanksgiving. This is a fact to which we can all relate. But there are so many quirky Thanksgiving facts you didn’t know. Read on, and learn. Trust us; it could come in handy the next time you are playing a heated game of trivia.

Wait, No Turkey?

Little known of the Thanksgiving facts is that the first Thanksgiving, in 1621, lasted three days. And most likely, a turkey was not served. The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered to feast on waterfowl, lobsters, clams, oysters and mussels.

Turkey in Space

That being said, roast turkey was the first meal eaten on the moon by astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Hmm, guess you should never again complain about your turkey being dry.

Live, and We Mean Live, Parade

Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a ritual for millions. We all have our favorite iconic balloons (Snoopy, Kermit, Tom Turkey), but did you know the first parade in 1924 was without balloons? It featured live animals on loan from the Bronx Zoo instead.

thanksgiving factsWho’s Counting?

The average person consumes about 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. That is enough to gain 1.3 pounds in one day! But really, who is counting?

The Perfect Hangover Food

The day before Thanksgiving is the biggest bar day of the year. While many people don’t like to travel for Christmas, many do visit family for Turkey Day. Consequently, that means all your best friends will be in town. Additionally, this is a great day to kick off the holiday season celebrations. So, lucky you, Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect meal for when you are hung over. Except of course, if you are the one doing the cooking!

I Hear Jingle Bells

No, it is not because the Christmas music is already playing. But, did you know “Jingle Bells” was created for a Thanksgiving Sunday School performance?

We Love Leftovers

Back in 1953, Swanson presented the world with its first TV dinner (remember those?). What was the first meal? Thanksgiving leftovers! The company overproduced turkeys that year, and as a result of poor sales were faced with a surplus. And, voila! The first TV dinner was invented to solve the problem.

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