Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, let’s take a look at some Thanksgiving fun facts: 

1.        Thanksgiving was declared a national Holiday in 1941

2.       Ben Franklin wanted the Turkey to be our national bird

3.       Turkeys can have heart attacks

4.       Thomas Jefferson was opposed to the idea of Thanksgiving

5.       20% of cranberry consumption happens on Thanksgiving

6.       Turkey, TX, Turkey Creek, LA and Turkey, N.C. are real places

7.       After winning at Saratoga, all 13 colonies observed Thanksgiving for the first time in 1777

8.       Minnesota has the most turkeys living there of any state

9.       91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving

10.   Owner George Richards decided to have the Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving as a way to get more people into the stadium.  They played for the first time in 1934.


11.    A jive turkey is also known as a bullshitter

Well that’s all for today.  I assure that the above facts are true because I’m no jive turkey.  Until next time this is Jimbo saying Happy Thanksgiving and we are thankful for all of our loyal readers.


  1. Interesting, although up here in NH, it sure seems like we have the most turkeys/square mile... The wild turkeys have been known to stop highway traffic!

  2. I like the idea of a turkey as a National Bird. It would certainly fit some politicians I know as well.

  3. I had no idea that Minnesota has the most turkeys and, interestingly, the turkey President Obama pardoned this year is from Minnesota.

  4. Those were fun facts. I wish I had read this before Thanksgiving. It would have been fun trivia to have quizzed everyone while we were waiting for the turkey to cook.

  5. Those are fun facts. Here is another on that I learned this year. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to pardon a turkey. It was his son, Tad's turkey. Tad objected when his dad was getting ready to kill the bird so the president gave the bird a written pardon.