Strange Facts About Thanksgiving

Ally McMillan, Managing Co-Editor

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We all know the story of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans having their first meal together. You may not know these interesting facts, however:

  1. President Thomas Jefferson thought making Thanksgiving a national holiday was “a ridiculous proposition.”
  2. Americans eat the weight of the entire country of Singapore population in turkey every year (up to 690 million pounds).
  3. Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving Song.
  4. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
  5. Only male turkeys gobble.
  6. If it was up to Ben Franklin, the turkey would be the national bird.
  7. Turkey less than twelve weeks old is called a fryer-roaster.
  8. The first Thanksgiving football game was in 1876.
  9. Instead of giant balloons and floats, the first Macy’s parade in 1924 was held with live animals from the Central Park Zoo.
  10. Americans buy around 244 million pounds of turkey each year for Thanksgiving.
  11. Sarah Jackson Hale, the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” is responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday.

“45 Fun Facts about Thanksgiving.” Interesting Facts, www.factretriever.com/thanksgiving-facts.