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10 Surprising Thanksgiving Facts

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Do you think you know a lot about Thanksgiving? Test your knowledge and see how many of these facts are new to you!

1. There are 32 counties, places and townships named Plymouth throughout the United States, most likely named after Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims landed.

2. Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, 1862, naming the last Thursday of November as the national day to celebrate Thanksgiving.

3. Pumpkin pie was thought to have been included at the pilgrims' second Thanksgiving in 1623. However, English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell banned pie in 1644, denouncing it as a pagan pleasure, forcing people to start eating pie in secret. The ban was lifted in 1660.

4. The world’s largest pumpkin pie, made at the 2010 Pumpkinfest in New Bremen, Ohio, weighed 3,699 pounds and was 20 feet in diameter.

5. In 2012, the U.S. produced 2.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes, more than 1.2 billion pounds of pumpkins, and an estimated 768 million pounds of cranberries.

6. The National Turkey Federation estimates that 736 million pounds of turkey meat are consumed every year on Thanksgiving.

7. Minnesota is our top turkey-producing state. Cranberries, on the other hand, are primarily grown in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

8. One can of jellied cranberry sauce—which is extremely popular this time of year—contains around 200 cranberries.

9. Instead of eating cranberries, Native Americans used them to dye clothing and keep wounds from getting infected. In fact, cranberries weren’t even present at the first Thanksgiving.

10. NBC Radio broadcast the first national Thanksgiving day football game in 1934, when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears. Other than during World War II, the Lions have played every Thanksgiving day since.


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The SAD Truth about the Winter Blues


Have you ever heard of the winter blues? Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD) is a form of depression that annually affects many individuals. Typically, symptoms start during the fall and continue into the winter, although some individuals experience symptoms as early as the spring and summer seasons. Although not everyone agrees on the cause of SAD, many experts believe it is influenced by a lack of sunlight disrupting the sleep-wake cycle, circadian rhythms, and the brain’s serotonin output.

Who Is Affected

Anyone can experience SAD, including children. However, some individuals are more likely to develop SAD than others, including those with one or more of the following traits:

• Female
• Age 15-55
• Live in a region where winter days are short
• Live in a region where changing seasons cause significant changes in the amount of daylight experienced
• Have a direct relative with SAD

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Differentiating between SAD and nonseasonal depression can be difficult since both have similar symptoms. Typical fall and winter onset symptoms may include:

• Difficulty concentrating
• Social withdrawal
• Oversleeping
• Lack of energy
• Hopelessness
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Weight gain
• Changes in appetite
• Lack of interest in activities usually enjoyed
• Heavy sensation in arms and legs

To properly diagnose SAD, a doctor will need to know whether the patient experiences symptoms specific to the disorder or experiences depression during the same seasons for multiple years which then improves after the seasons change.

Treatment & Prevention

The treatment for SAD commonly includes phototherapy (a bright-light treatment or dawn simulation) for 30 to 90 minutes a day, sometimes combined with anti-depressant medication or psychotherapy. Spending at least an hour outside daily during fall and winter months can also help individuals with more mild symptoms gain the proper amount of light exposure. Taking Vitamin D supplements and probiotics to reduce stress is another tactic that can prove beneficial.

Interested in a career in Psychology? Explore the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University.

Read More

Can children experience seasonal affective disorder?
A Portable Glow to Help Melt Those Winter Blues
Seasonal Affective Disorder Sufferers Have More Than Just Winter Blues
Seasonal affective disorder: What are the symptoms and how can you treat it?
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Seasonal Affective Disorder
American Psychiatric Association: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Mental Health America: Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Get the latest College of Business Newsletter here!


Students in the College of Business or studying Business Administration in the College of Undergraduate Studies, take note!

The Fall 2013 edition of the College of Business Newsletter is here.

- Read about Argosy University’s new MBA program as well as our recent program updates.

- Meet Dr. Valerie Blackmon, an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration and find out why she thinks Public Administration is a fascinating area of study. (Throughout the newsletter, you’ll get to know a total of eight instructors.)

- Discover resources available to help you along the path of earning your degree.

Get all this and more at!

Related Link: Learn more about the College of Business at Argosy University, Online Programs.

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