Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

  • Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. That number represents one sixth of all the turkeys sold in the U.S. each year!
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
  • Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.
  • Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds – about the size of a German Shepherd! (But turkeys are normally not used as police animals.)
  • A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.
  • The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as "suggestive."
  • Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees! (Maybe to escape the Thanksgiving table?)
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!
  • A turkey's field of vision is 270 degrees--one of the main reasons they're able to elude some hunters.
  • The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.
  • There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.

1 comment:

Matty said...

Yep, you do learn something new every day.