Thanksgiving Fun Facts

The Thanksgiving feast almost always includes some of the foods served at the first feast: roast turkey, cranberry sauce, corn, and pumpkin.

Pumpkin pieHere are some fun facts about Thanksgiving:

* The preliminary estimate of turkeys raised in the United States in 2009 is 250 million.
* The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2009 is 709 million pounds.
* Benjamin Franklin thought the wild turkey was so American it should have been chosen as our national symbol rather than the eagle.
* It is common for U.S. astronauts who spend Thanksgiving in space to celebrate with a rehydrated turkey dinner.
* There are three places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey, TX; Turkey Creek, LA; and Turkey, NC. There also are nine townships around the country named Turkey– three in Kansas alone.
* There are eight places and townships in the United States that are named Cranberry or some spelling variation of the red, acidic berry (e.g., Cranbury, NJ).
* The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation is a ceremony that has taken place at the White House since 1947. Every year two turkeys are selected and given to the President for his Thanksgiving dinner. However, since 1989 the turkeys have received Presidential pardons, sparing their lives.