Fun Facts about Thanksgiving
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2023
Chem-Dry by Kevin Jones is very grateful for our many blessings both personally and professionally. We want to thank our many customers for trusting us in your homes and allowing us to make your home a healthier place. We thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about Thanksgiving to share at your Thanksgiving celebration.
- The 1stThanksgiving was almost a FAST and not a FEAST! The early settlers gave thanks with prayer and abstaining from food. This was the original plan for Thanksgiving until the Wampanoag Indians joined the settlers and the fast turned into a feast!
- Gobble Gobble is ONLY the sound from a male turkey. Females, called hens, cackle! And did you know that turkeys cannot see at night?
- TV Dinners evolved in 1953 because off too much turkey left over from the holiday. An employee at Swanson Foods misjudged how many frozen turkeys would sell that year by 26 TONS! So, the idea of TV dinners with some fixings was conceived and the idea flourished.
- Turkeys are doomed from birth. A turkey under 16 weeks of age is often referred to as a “Fryer” or “Roaster”.
- The 1stThanksgiving feast did NOT have mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies or cranberries. Rather they feasted on lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, nuts, onions, dried fruits, syrup, honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese.
- The 1stThanksgiving had NO forks. At that time only knives, spoons and fingers were used for eating. Can you imagine using your fingers at Thanksgiving?
- The annual Macy’s Day Parade started in the 1920’s.
- In the United States, about 280 MILLION turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving. In a year’s time, the average American eats between 16-18 pounds of turkey! And people in California consume the most turkey.
- The average weight of a turkey is 15 pounds and turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
- And last but not least, on Thanksgiving Day, turkey is the preferred menu item with 91% of Americans eating turkey.
And after the guests have left and the dishes are put away, call Chem-Dry by Kevin Jones to help clean up any spills on your carpet or upholstery.
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