Some cool facts about Thanksgiving and turkey you may not know:
- Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of America.
- The very first tv dinners were sold in 1953 when Swanson overestimated the demand for frozen turkeys. They sliced up and packaged the excess to create a fast and easy turkey dinner for one.
- In 1876, 44 years before the NFL, Princeton defeated Yale at the first Thanksgiving football game.
- The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1920 by Gimbel’s Department Store. The second was established in 1924 by Macy’s. The most participation by a balloon? Snoopy.
- President Thomas Jefferson thought making Thanksgiving a National Holiday was “a ridiculous proposition.” President Lincoln disagreed officially November 26, 1863.
- In the 19th century, Sarah Hale (the “Mother of Thanksgiving”) was a tireless advocate for a national Thanksgiving holiday, women teachers, nurseries for working mothers, and public playgrounds. But she is best known for writing the song Mary Had a Little Lamb.
- People in the Virgin Islands celebrate two Thanksgivings: one in November, and Hurricane Thanksgiving on October 19th. If there have been no hurricanes, locals celebrate being spared.
- Well before the Pilgrims landed, native Hawaiians celebrated Makahiki (now considered the longest Thanksgiving in the world). From November through February both work and war were forbidden.
- For years we were told that the amino acid tryptophan in turkey makes us sleepy. But this was recently debunked. Now they’re saying that turkey has the same amount of tryptophan as other meats. If we’re drowsy, it could be from the cocktails…
- Arizona, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas all have cities named Turkey.
- The first meal eaten in space after the 1969 moon walk was turkey.
- 46 million turkeys are consumed in America every Thanksgiving.
All of us at RJ Augustine wish everyone a warm, happy Thanksgiving with family or friends. And if you’re on your own at the moment, treat yourself to a day of relaxation and reflection. For those of you who will be travelling, have a safe trip.