We often stuff ourselves with turkey on Thanksgiving Day. For fun, we found a few Thanksgiving and turkey facts from the National Turkey Foundation.
- President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, supposedly as a response to a campaign organized by magazine editor Sara Joseph Hale.
- In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day forward one week, as it is presently celebrated.
- In 2013, more than 240 million turkeys were raised. More than 200 million were consumed in the United States. The National Turkey Foundation estimates that 46 million of those turkeys were eaten at Thanksgiving, 22 million at Christmas and 19 million at Easter.
- Nearly 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving.
- Benjamin Franklin, who proposed the turkey as the official United States’ bird, was dismayed when the bald eagle was chosen over the turkey.
- Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) has presented the President of the United States with a live turkey and two dressed turkeys in celebration of Thanksgiving.
- Deep fried turkey originated in the southern United States but is popular today throughout North America.
- Many people report drowsiness after eating Thanksgiving dinner. While turkey often receives the blame, recent studies suggest that carbohydrate-rich meals may cause sleepiness by increasing the number of tryptophans in the brain.
- White meat is generally preferred in the United States while other countries choose the dark meat.
- Only tom turkeys gobble. Hen turkeys make a clicking noise.
- Domesticated turkeys cannot fly.
- Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour and can run 20 miles per hour.
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