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Fun Facts about Thanksgiving from The Vue Apartments

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How much do you actually know about the history and facts of Thanksgiving? Brush up on your knowledge concerning this holiday and learn some fun facts from this blog post from The Vue Apartments. You might even be surprised by some of these facts! Later you can hold a trivia contest in your Fitchburg, WI apartment and impress your family and friends with your superior knowledge.

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving*

  • Thanksgiving isn’t strictly an American holiday. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving too, except they do it on the second Monday in October.
  • It is because of Thanksgiving that we have TV dinners. In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys they would sell (by 26 tons). As a result, the company sliced up the frozen meat, added some sides, and thus the first TV dinner was born! Hurray for instant dinners!

  • It wasn’t until 1864, during the American Civil War, that Thanksgiving was pronounced a national holiday by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. It has been celebrated nationwide ever since.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle. Which would have made The United States the only country who kills and eats their national bird at least one day every year. Awkward… Glad that conundrum was avoided.

  • Wild turkeys (not domestic) can run up to 20 miles per hour when frightened.
  • The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighed a whopping 86 pounds!

  • There were no forks at the first American Thanksgiving feast in 1621, only spoons and knives. Forks weren’t introduced to the Pilgrims until ten years later, and didn’t become a popularly used utensil until the 18th century!
  • The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade happened in 1924 and was much different than the celebration today. There were no large inflatable balloons, as the parade featured only live animals from the Central Park Zoo!

Did you learn a thing or two about Thanksgiving that you didn’t already know? Thanks for reading our post and we hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving and a great holiday season in Fitchburg, WI or wherever you may be!

*Fun facts are taken from the Washington State Golf Association website.