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