Thanksgiving Trivia — Who Knew?
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Before you stuff yourself alongside your dinner, here are some fun facts about Turkey Day, taken from the very cool website RandomHistory.com:
- In 2009, roughly 38.4 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles to be with family for Thanksgiving. More than four million flew home. (I bet they were exhausted when they arrived!)
- Thanksgiving Day is actually the busiest travel day, even more so than the day before Thanksgiving, as most people believe. (And now that this is public knowledge, I recommend traveling the day prior to the day before Thanksgiving.)
- Americans eat roughly 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving. (And that doesn’t take into account the leftovers!)
- Not all states were eager to adopt Thanksgiving because some thought the national government was exercising too much power in declaring a national holiday. Additionally, southern states were hesitant to observe what was largely a New England practice. (Not to be outdone, my Southern brethren concocted the slightly lesser known annual Buzzard Day Festival . . . really!)
- Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), who tirelessly worked to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday, also was the first person to advocate women as teachers in public schools, the first to advocate day nurseries to assist working mothers, and the first to propose public playgrounds. She was also the author of two dozen books and hundreds of poems, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb. (Anyone else feeling like a lazy slug? Anyone at all?)
- Thanksgiving football games began with Yale versus Princeton in 1876. (Those overachieving New Englanders again!)
I pilfered all the info above, minus my comments in parentheses, from the RandomHistory.com site. Please click HERE to visit the page of 36 little known Thanksgiving facts and view the source list and links from whence all of these trivial goodies were derived.
Wishing all of you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!
See you next time –