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Video: Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Thanksgiving is more than just turkey, pilgrims, and family. Over the years, the holiday has gathered some fun facts.

1. It’s thanks to thanksgiving that t-v dinners got their start. In 1953, a Swanson worker over estimated the number of turkey’s they’d sale by 26 tons. Someone decided to slice the meat, add a side, and t-v dinners were born.

2. It’s a holiday most businesses take off. But not if you’re a plumber. According to Roto-Rooter, Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for them.

3. There are four places in the US with turkey in the name: Turkey Creek, LA; Turkey, TX; Turkey, N.C., Turkey Creek, AZ. In Pennsylvania, you can visit Upper or Lower turkey foot.

4.  It was President Abraham Lincoln that declared Thanksgiving a national holiday after magazine editor Sarah Hale persuaded him.   Hale also wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

5. Only male turkeys, called Toms, gobble. Female turkeys, called hens, cackle.

6. Benjamin Franklin tried to make the turkey the national bird.

7. Thanksgiving isn’t just an American holiday. Canada celebrates too, but in October.

8. In 1888 Hanukkah and Thanksgiving came together for the first time ever were on the same day.

9. You might say it’s fate, turkeys less than 12 weeks old are called fryer-roasters.

10. So how did the turkey get it’s name?  Well, back in the day, the Europeans took a liking to the fowl. Since the birds were brought in by Turkish merchants, the English called them turkeys. Then when the Spaniards came to America, they found a bird that tasted the same. When they sent them to Europe, the English called these birds “turkeys” too.

IT’S THANKS TO THANKSGIVING THAT T-V DINNERS GOT THEIR START.

FACT NUMBER ONE: IN 1953, A SWANSON WORKER OVER ESTIMATED THE NUMBER OF TURKEY’S THEY’D SALE BY 26 TONS. SOMEONE DECIDED TO SLICE THE MEAT, ADD A SIDE, AND T-V DINNERS WERE BORN.

THE SECOND FACT: IT’S A HOLIDAY MOST BUSINESSES TAKE OFF…BUT NOT IF YOU’RE A PLUMBER. ACCORDING TO ROTO-ROOTER, BLACK FRIDAY IS THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR THEM.

IT MIGHT BE FACT NUMBER THREE, BUT THERE ARE FOUR PLACES IN THE U-S NAMED TURKEY. LOUISIANA’S TURKEY CREEK… TURKEY,TEXAS… TURKEY, NORTH CAROLINA, AND TURKEY CREEK, ARIZONA.     AND IN PENNSYLVANIA. YOU CAN VISIT UPPER OR LOWER TURKEY FOOT.

FACT NUMBER FOUR: IT WAS PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN THAT DECLARED THANKSGIVING A NATIONAL HOLIDAY AFTER MAGAZINE EDITOR SARAH HALE PERSUADED HIM. SHE ALSO WROTE “MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB.”

FACT FIVE ISN’T A TRICK: ONLY MALE TURKEYS GOBBLE… FEMALE TURKEYS, THEY CACKLE.

IT’S NO JOKE IN FACT SIX: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TRIED TO MAKE THE TURKEY THE NATIONAL BIRD.

FACT SEVEN: THANKSGIVING ISN’T JUST AN AMERICAN HOLIDAY… CANADA CELEBRATES TOO. JUST IN OCTOBER.

FACT EIGHT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN FOR A LONG TIME. IN 18-88 HANUKKAH AND THANKSGIVING CAME TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER WERE ON THE SAME DAY.

YOU COULD CALL FACT NINE FATE: TURKEYS LESS THAN 12 WEEKS OLD. THEY’RE CALLED FRYER-ROASTERS.

FACT TEN: HOW DID THE TURKEY GET IT’S NAME?  WELL, BACK IN THE DAY, THE EUROPEANS TOOK A LIKING TO THE FOWL AND SINCE THE BIRDS WERE BROUGHT IN BY TURKISH MERCHANTS, THE ENGLISH CALLED THEM TURKEYS.

THEN WHEN THE SPANIARDS CAME TO AMERICA, THEY FOUND A BIRD THAT TASTED THE SAME. WHEN THEY SENT THEM TO EUROPE, THE ENGLISH CALLED THESE BIRDS “TURKEYS” TOO.