Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Some Thanksgiving Trivia

What food was served at the first Thanksgiving Dinner?

There is no evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving, a three-day meal shared between the pilgrims and Wamponoag tribe in 1621. It is more likely that they ate venison and a lot of seafood.

Today, though, we sure eat a lot of turkey. According to a study done by the National Turkey Association, Americans eat 690 million pounds of turkey during Thanksgiving 2007. That is equal to the weight of the entire population of Singapore.

An estimated 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving (the birds weigh, on average, 16 pounds). That is more than double the amount eaten on Christmas (22 million) and Easter (19 million). In 2010, more than 244 million turkeys were raised and about 226 million of those were consumed in the United States.

What Utensil was missing from the first Thanksgiving day dinner?


The fork.

What did they use to eat their meal with?

A knife, a spoon, and their fingers.
The fork was not brought by the pilgrims. Governor Winthrop of Massachusetts introduced it 10 years later, but it did not really catch on until the 18th century.

 In what year did Football start being a Thanksgiving tradition?

It all started in 1934, when the Detroit Lions was bought by G.A. Richards. Trying to build up the fan base for the team, he scheduled a game for Thanksgiving Day to play the Chicago Bears, who at the time were world champions.

The game sold out and was broadcasted live on radio. And with that huge success,the tradition began. Since then, the Detroit Lions have played 67 Thanksgiving games!


What year did Macy's famous parade start?

The parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching off from Convent Avenue and 145th Street in New York City. During this time the parade was accompanied not with the oversized ballons of our favorite cartoon characters, but with live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo -- from camels to elephants.




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