Day 137. Fun Fact Friday: November and Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday. I thought that after all the food and festivities it would be fun to look up some facts about Thanksgiving. And so I share my finds with you:

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863 when President Lincoln declared it should be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. President Franklin Roosevelt was the one who decided Thanksgiving should be the fourth Thursday of the month, so people could start Christmas shopping earlier (occasionally there is a fifth Thursday in November).
  • Four towns in the United States have the word “Turkey” in their name, including Turkey, Texas and Turkey Creek, Arizona.
  • It is estimated that 242 million turkeys have been raised for this Thanksgiving. The Census Bureau states that that is down 5% from last year.
  • According to the National Turkey Federation (the people who present the President with a turkey), the average turkey purchased weighs 16 pounds. This means that in 2012, around 736 million pounds of turkey were eaten on Thanksgiving.
  • The first meal on the moon was turkey and all of the trimmings.
  • 1924 was the first year that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade occurred. At that time it was called the Macy’s Christmas  Parade.
  • In 1927, Macy’s Parade introduced the huge balloon characters. Felix the Cat was the first to make an appearance.
  • 1946 was the first time the Parade was televised, but that was only local. They televised the parade nationally the next year.
  • According to the US Fire Administration, as of 2010, an estimated 2,000 fires are reported every year on Thanksgiving. This is estimated to cause 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million dollars in property loss. So next year when you’re cooking your turkey, please be safe, we don’t want you to be one of the statistics

Hope you enjoyed these facts as much as I did researching them. Use them next year to sound intelligent around your extended family. Now go out there and eat some leftovers!

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