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TALKING TURKEY: 11 THANKSGIVING FUN FACTS

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It's happened to most everyone. You're enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving feast with family and friends when-with one single comment-the holiday chatter suddenly careens toward politics.

If you're looking for a great way to quickly steer the conversation back to something less indigestion-inducing, try some Thanksgiving trivia! Here are 11 "fun facts" sure to help keep your dinner conversation light and lively this Thursday:

1. According to the National Turkey Federation, 44 million turkeys were served for Thanksgiving last year. That’s less than 20% of the 219 million turkeys consumed in the U.S. last year. Christmas came in second at 22 million turkeys served, and Easter finished third at 19 million turkeys.

2. The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 16 pounds.

3. A turkey typically has about 70% white meat and 30% dark meat.

4. Nearly 88% of Americans surveyed say they eat turkey at Thanksgiving.

5. Based on a national American Farm Bureau Federation survey conducted by 141 volunteer shoppers in 39 states, it will cost $49.12 this year to serve a complete Thanksgiving feast for 10.

6. If you think turkeys go “gobble, gobble”, you’re half right—because half of them do. While tom turkeys gobble, female turkeys make a clicking sound.

7. The tradition of “pardoning” a holiday turkey at the White House goes back to 1863 and President Abraham Lincoln, who granted clemency to a live turkey at the urging of his son, Tad.

8. Thanksgiving is a plumber’s favorite holiday. The day after Thanksgiving is known in the plumbing industry as “Brown Friday” and is their busiest day of the year, according to Roto-Rooter. Roto-Rooter reports a 50% increase in calls on the day after Thanksgiving compared to an average Friday, due largely to clogged kitchen sinks and garbage disposals.

9. If it weren’t for Thanksgiving, the TV dinner may have never been invented. When a Swanson employee mistakenly ordered 260 tons of turkey back in 1953, a salesman at the food company came up with a novel idea—to create frozen dinners featuring turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, peas, and cornbread dressing. Within a year, more than 10 million had been sold.

10. While most people associate the Thanksgiving Day parade with Macy’s in New York City, the Gimbels department store in Philadelphia first sponsored their parade in 1920. Macy’s followed four years later.

11. As you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner, raise a toast to Sarah Josepha Hale. Without her, there might be no Thanksgiving. In 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring “a day of Thanksgiving and Praise,” it was the culmination of a campaign launched 36 years earlier by Hale, an influential magazine editor and author of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Happy Thanksgiving from Argosy University!

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Choose Sunny Sarasota as the Backdrop to Your Educational Future

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Argosy University, Sarasota is located at the southern tip of the Tampa Bay Area, near the intersection of 17th Street and Honore Avenue—easily accessible from I-75. Sunshine and recreational opportunities attract students to the Sarasota region, home to nearly 53,000 people.

Argosy University, Sarasota offers program areas ranging from School Psychology to Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Criminal Justice, and Information Technology. The school offers doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and associate’s degrees. Many programs have flexible learning formats that allow students to fit an education into their busy work and life schedules. “The faculty want you to be successful,” said Dr. Carol Probstfeld, who in 2005 earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from the school.

Once admitted to the Sarasota campus, students have access to the school’s library, which contains resources that support campus programs while encouraging life-long learning. The library maintains a specialized collection of books, scholarly journals, audiovisuals, dissertations, and theses—reference materials that assist students at all levels of their education to grow academically and professionally. The library is also accessible online.

Students in Sarasota have access to all kinds of activities to enhance their college experience. Known for its historic buildings, Sarasota is popular with tourists for its beach proximity and recreation including sport fishing, an energetic theater community, and a popular film festival. Cultural opportunities include the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Asolo Repertory Theater, and Ringling International Arts Festival.

Sports fans travel to nearby Tampa Bay to see the Buccaneers, Rays, and Lightning. Baseball spring training at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium also attracts fans from across the country who are looking for a jump-start on the summer baseball season.

Click on the links below to discover the academic programs that Argosy University, Sarasota offers. If you’d like to talk to an admissions representative, call (855) 435-5334 or visit our admissions webpage. You can also stop by the school. Our address is 5250 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235.

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Go to College in Schaumburg, IL: A Small Community That’s Close to All Chicago Has to Offer

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Argosy University, Schaumburg is located close to the amenities of Chicago, in an area with a small community feel. Students are attracted to this suburb because of its proximity to shopping, entertainment, and easy access to downtown Chicago’s job opportunities and internships.

Argosy University, Schaumburg offers program areas ranging from Clinical Psychology to Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Organizational Leadership, and Forensic Psychology. The school offers doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and associate’s degrees. Many programs have flexible learning formats that allow students to fit an education into their busy work and life schedules. And the professional instructors bring real-world experience into the classroom. “Developing relationships with the professors allowed me to gain experiences, such as my research lab, that were outside of my practicum training,” said Dr. Molly Meier Hendrickson, who in 2015 earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Schaumburg

Once admitted to the Schaumburg campus, students have access to the school’s library, which contains resources that support campus programs while encouraging life-long learning. The library maintains a specialized collection of books, scholarly journals, audiovisuals, dissertations, and theses—reference materials that assist students at all levels of their education to grow academically and professionally. The library is also accessible online.

Schaumburg is very close to Chicago, a global city known for business, industry, and the arts. The city is located along Lake Michigan and boasts 29 miles of lakefront that includes shops, condos, and parks. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the city’s warm summers by visiting Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Park Conservatory or by relaxing beachside.

Schaumburg’s proximity to the city allows sports fans easy access to games featuring the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago Bulls.

Discover Argosy University, Schaumburg’s academic programs and learn more about how it can help you to reach your goals. Click on each program for more information. If you’d like to talk to an admissions representative, call (855) 435-5334 or visit our admissions webpage. You can also stop by the school. Our address is 1000 N. Plaza Drive, Suite 324, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4942.

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