Happy Thanksgiving! Here are 9 interesting holiday facts

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From the FRANK team to your family, we wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

To celebrate this filling holiday, we thought we’d impart some random wisdom. Here are 9 random Thanksgiving facts to share at the dinner table this year.

Fact #1 – You can thank thanksgiving for the TV dinner. Back in 1953, Swanson had enough leftover turkey to feed an army. A salesman suggested they freeze and package them in aluminum trays with extra fixings, and the TV dinner was born.

Fact #2 – The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been a tradition in New York City since 1924. That first year, over 400 employees marched along city blocks with live animals from the Central Park Zoo instead of balloons.

Fact #3 – 46 Million turkeys are cooked on Thanksgiving each year. It’s as much a holiday staple as Christmas trees are to Christmas. Despite so much turkey being prepared, there are still many Americans who don’t partake. 88% of Americans take a bite out of turkey each year.

Fact #4 – 8 in 10 Americans would rather eat leftover Thanksgiving food than have it on the actual day of Thanksgiving. Maybe they’re as passionate about as their turkey sandwiches as Ross Gellar…

my sandwich???

Fact #5 – We all know how heavy turkeys can get, but did you know the heaviest one on record was 86 pounds? He was so big he landed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Fact #6 – Most turkeys that end up on American dinner tables weigh about 15 pounds.

Fact #7 – What state consumes the most turkey? Californians are famous for eating the most turkey on Thanksgiving day.

Fact #8 – Turkeys are faster than you’d think. They can run 20 miles per hour when you freak them out. The ones that end up on the table, however, are bred to be heavier and usually can’t run as fast.

Fact #9 – Need a little turkey support? You can call the Butterball Turkey Talk Line to get some help. In fact, they field about 100,000 calls every Thanksgiving to help people experiencing a cooking crisis. If you don’t like the phone, you can also text message them.


Happy Thanksgiving!