KENILWORTH, NJ - If trivia is one of your hobbies here are some interesting facts about one of America’s most beloved holidays.

 

Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the famous nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is the woman responsible for campaigning for the creation of the national holiday Thanksgiving.

The first Macy’s Day Parade in 1924 did not have any balloons. Employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, sword-wielding knights, and were accompanied by an assortment of animals on loan from the Central Park Zoo which included bears, monkeys, and elephants.

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Canada celebrates Thanksgiving as well but on the second Monday of October every year.

According to the National Turkey Federation turkey consumption has doubled since 1970. 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and 46 million birds are served.

Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers. Plumbers receive up to 50% more calls and clogged sinks are the most common problem. Extra food down the drains leads to kitchen sinks backing up and disposals getting jammed.

Baby turkeys are called poults and turkeys have two stomachs.

Thanksgiving can occur as early as November 22 and as late as November 28.

Americans love turkey so much that it is even served in space on Thanksgiving. Thermostabalized turkey and freeze-dried stuffing are on the menu. 

The world’s Largest type of domestic turkey is the broad breasted white. Adult males weigh 29-40 pounds at 20-24 weeks old, and hens at the same age weigh 14-20 pounds. 

The largest pumpkin pie ever baked stated by the Guinness Book of World Records was made by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers (USA) at the New Bremen Pumpkinfest in New Bremen, Ohio, on September 25, 2010. The pie weighed 3,699 pounds and the diameter was 20 feet. The crust was made of 440 sheets of dough. 

The largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys is 661 and was on November 24, 2011 at the 44th Annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot in Dallas, Texas.

There are three towns in the United States all named turkey and with a population of under 500 people. Turkey, Texas, Turkey Creek, Louisiana, and Turkey, North Carolina.

In 1953 the Swanson cooperation overestimated the number frozen turkeys it would sell on Thanksgiving by 26 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it and from that day the first TV dinner was created.

The famous Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was originally written as a Thanksgiving song. It was first titled “One Horse Open Sleigh” by composer James Pierpont.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings people together to express gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving from TAPinto Kenilworth!