Okay okay…I said I wouldn’t tell you fun facts about Thanksgiving but I came across these today and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them with you!
• Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving. That’s insane to me.
• According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. That number represents one sixth of all the turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. Who knew there were even that many turkeys in the world?! Where are all those turkeys when Tyler wants to hunt them at the ranch??
• Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird. You know they were all in a room voting on what the national bird would be and Benjamin Franklin laughed and hit the guy next to him and whispered, “Watch this….”
• Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances. GO turkey GO!
• Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call. Men should learn from Turkeys. If you gobble at a woman…I bet you 100 bucks you will get her attention. Try it.
• The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds – about the size of a German Shepherd! …..Good grief. What was that Turkey eating…McDonalds?
• A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster. Baha…
• The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as "suggestive." I wonder what the Vatican would have thought about the “Dougie”?
• Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees. OBU freshman and turkeys have a lot in common.
• Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining. “Hey look guys it’s raining!” “AW CRAP TOM NOOOO!”
• A turkey's field of vision is 270 degrees--one of the main reasons they're able to elude some hunters. Sneaky devils.
• There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast. Whelp I would have left that meal starving.
• Contrary to popular belief, the Pilgrims did not have big buckles on their clothing, shoes, or hats. WHAT?! Next they are going to tell me that Indians really didn’t know how to braid there hair..
• President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863. Thank you Ab. Because of you…I have two days off of work this week.
• The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. This is the exact reason why I wear sweatpants on Thanksgiving every year. I’m not ashamed.
Hope those made you smile. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everybody!! Enjoy your 4,500 calories! :)