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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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Earn Your Degree in Sunny San Diego, a Region Known as the “Smithsonian of the West”


Students attend Argosy University, San Diego for both its academic programs the city’s metropolitan lifestyle, consistently pleasant weather, and an abundance of outdoor activities. San Diego is California’s second largest city, with so many arts amenities that it’s known as the “Smithsonian of the West.” Argosy University, San Diego is conveniently located just north of the I-8 and route 163 interchange.

The university offers program areas ranging from Business Administration to Forensic Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, 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. “I chose Argosy University, San Diego because of its structured program, testimonials, and ability to work with students who have busy lives and schedules,” said Carla Ramirez. “In addition, I’d heard that Argosy University had amazing professors who were clinicians and active in the community.” Ramirez earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the school in 2011.

Once admitted to the San Diego 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.

Located in Southern California, Argosy University, San Diego is within a two-hour drive from plenty of activities. Students can enjoy mountains, the desert, Los Angeles, or Mexico. Surfing, water sports, tennis, golf, jogging, mountain biking, and many other outdoor activities may be pursued year-round in the city’s warm climate.

San Diego offers many regional shopping centers, as well as dining and destination spots such as the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Seaport Village, Old Town, Horton Plaza, the Gas Lamp District, and La Jolla. The opera, symphony, and live theater district attract the city’s creative artists while designers and media artists flock to the annual Comic-Con event. Sports enthusiasts cheer on the Padres and NCAA teams from San Diego State University.

Argosy University, San Diego can be the next step in your educational and professional goals. Click through on the links below to learn more the programs offered. 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 1615 Murray Canyon Road, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92108.

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After a Challenging 18 Months, Argosy University Organizational Leadership Graduate Jess Fink Creates Her Own Luck


Over the past 18 months, Jess Fink has experienced her fair share of setbacks and successes.

In July of last year, she was laid off from a job she loved after seven years. Since then, she has held three other full-time jobs—including a stint as assistant manager for a retail store—all while attending college full time.

But while Fink’s career path has had its detours, she says that focusing on her education helped her maintain her balance—and her perspective.

“It hasn’t always been easy,” she says. “After I lost my job, I was depressed. Looking for work can be a full-time job, and it’s especially hard when you’re also going to school full time. I ended up having to retake a few classes because there was just too much going on.”

But Fink, a West Virginia native who now lives in Pittsburgh, persisted. While she was completing her B.S. in Business Administration (with a concentration in Marketing) from Argosy University, she was accepted into the school’s Masters Acceleration Program. In August, she completed her M.S. in Organizational Leadership—with a 3.9 GPA.

“Being an online student at Argosy gave me the flexibility I needed at a time when my work schedules were unpredictable and often out of my control,” Fink says. “As frustrating as it was to work at jobs I didn’t love, I did what I had to do to keep things going. School was my saving grace. It kept me organized and motivated, and it also reminded me that I was preparing myself for better things.”

Shortly before graduating, and right around the time Fink and her husband were moving into a home they’d just purchased, she received a call from a recruiter who had seen her LinkedIn profile. She told Fink about a project manager position at Alcoa. After two rounds of interviews, Fink was optimistic and was convinced the job would be a perfect fit.

When she received a call telling her she had not been selected, she was disappointed. But she was also determined to learn as much as she could from the experience, so she decided to send a follow-up email to the hiring manager who had interviewed her.

“I figured I had nothing to lose,” Fink says. “I just thanked her for considering me, and asked what I could do to become a better candidate in the event the position were to become available again.”

Fortunately for Fink, she didn’t have to wait long for an answer. A week later, as she and her husband were driving home to Pittsburgh from her Argosy commencement ceremony in Washington, D.C., Fink received an unexpected call from the recruiter.

“The follow-up email I sent to the Alcoa hiring manager apparently struck a chord,” says Fink. ”When the recruiter told me they had just called to offer me another project manager position, I couldn’t believe it! It was such perfect timing, and a great way to end my graduation trip.”

Fink has been at her new job as a project manager for three weeks, and says she’s never been happier.

“Working for a company I respect, in a position that allows me to use my skills and education, is such a great way to end the year,” she says. “I’ve experienced a lot of change—and a lot of personal growth—over the past 18 months. I’ve learned that you have to stay in the game if you want to win it. You also have to be willing to connect, build relationships, put yourself out there, and risk rejection. If I hadn’t sent that follow-up email, it’s very unlikely I’d have been hired for my new position. Sometimes you can create your luck without even realizing it.” ###

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