Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wacky Wednesday- In Honor of Thanksgiving

There are lots of great things about Thanksgiving. Here's what you need to know:
  • Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations. 
  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.
  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  • The average Thanksgiving dinner costs you from 1700-3000 calories (which is mostly impossible to estimate anyway).
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.  
  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef. 
  • The Pilgrims never ate turkey. They supped mostly on shrimp and venison.
  • Due to selective breeding, commercial turkeys can no longer fly because of the size of their breasts.
  • Also due to the size of their breasts (and in a large divergence from popular desires), male turkeys are unable to mate with their well-endowed females.
  • According to the National Turkey Foundation, approximately 690 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving 2007. This equals the weight of 4.48 million individuals of average weight (154 pounds); the population of Singapore as estimated by the last census in 2005.
  • The tryptophan in turkey does not make you tired (it's only, at best, a mediocre source of that amino acid).

Best Thanksgiving movie I haven't watched yet:

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