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Most of us are stuffed in the United States from overeating our Thanksgiving meal and are taking a break by roving the Internet between the Macy Day Parade and before kickoff of the big game.
How about some fun facts about Thanksgiving? You can use these pieces of trivia to impress your friends and family:
The word turkey is said to come from Hebrew “Tukki” meaning big bird or pheasant bird. Yep, we are eating Big Bird – don’t tell the youngun’s.
True or False? The Pilgrims brought beer along with them on the ships – True
How many pilgrim women survived to celebrate that first Thanksgiving? Only five and they did all the cooking!
Who was the first balloon in the 1927 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade? Felix the Cat
In the early 1600s what eating utensil didn’t the Pilgrim have? The fork wasn’t invented yet.
A full-grown turkey has more than 3,000 feathers.
The cranberry is a symbol and a modern diet staple of thanksgiving. Originally called crane berry, it derived its name from its pink blossoms and drooping head, which reminded the Pilgrims of a crane. Contrary to popular belief, Native Americans did not eat cranberries. They did, however, find them extremely useful for dying fabric and decorating pottery.
And a final quote to ponder:
The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts … nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. –H. W. Westermayer
May you always remember to give thanks, not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday!