thanksgiving fun facts

A cornucopia of food ready for the Thanksgiving table. / [email protected]

Did you know that Thanksgiving Eve, or what some refer to as “Blackout Wednesday” is considered to be the biggest drinking night of the year?  That’s because in addition to many college students returning home,  most Americans have off the next day to celebrate the holiday. Since we have Thanksgiving Eve covered, it’s time to move on to Thanksgiving and all the goodness that surrounds it. With that, we bring you 5 Fun Facts: Thanksgiving Edition.

  • 48.7 million Americans will take to the highways, skies, and seas to celebrate Thanksgiving this year
  • Although George H. W. Bush started the traditional “turkey pardon” ceremony at the White House with animal rights’ activists picketing nearby, he was not the first President to grant the traditional pardon.
  • Nearly 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving in 2015 and around 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during that same time.
  • Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries a year, 20 percent during Thanksgiving week.  Subsequently, it takes about 200 cranberries to make one can of cranberry sauce.
  • If you’re hosting this year, you’ll know your spread was a success if you have to call the plumber– Black Friday is Roto-rooter’s busiest day of the year!

May the food be delicious, the festivity be merry, the company be grand, and the leftovers be plenty-after all, Swanson did create the first TV dinner due to an overestimation on turkey consumption. It turned out quite well for them!