November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Guest of Honor Trivia

Who's the guest of honor at the Thanksgiving table? Why, the turkey, that's who!

Here are some facts I bet you didn't know about Thanksgiving and that plump, pretty poultry:

Thanksgiving facts:
  • Turkeys were first domesticated in Mexico and Central America.
  • The Wampanoag tribe shared the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in 1621.
  • Abraham Lincoln specified the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving in 1863.
Turkey facts:
  • Need help cooking your turkey? Call the Turkey Talk-Line at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. Or, check out the TurkeyTalk Podcast here.
  • Do you know what country eats the most turkey each year, per capita? Israel!
  • A female turkey is a hen; the male is known as the tom.
  • The female turkey clucks; the male gobbles.
  • Minnesota is the state that produces the most domestic turkeys.
  • Every year, The President 'pardons' a turkey. That lucky bird retires to a historical farm, and lives out the rest of his life in leisure.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be designated as the National bird.
  • Approximately 92% of all American households eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Maybe turkey should be added to the phrase 'as American as Mom and apple pie'.
  • Fifty percent (50%) of all turkeys served this Thursday will be stuffed.
  • The average size of the main dish we'll be roasting, deep-frying or smoking is 15 pounds. To figure out what size turkey to cook, figure two pounds per adult (you will have leftovers).
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining.
  • Wild turkeys can fly. They can burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds. They can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour.
  • A full-grown turkey has 3,500 feathers; domestic turkeys can't fly.

I bet none of the turkeys appearing looked like this

Glitter is all the rage in Kindergarten, but not down on the farm.


  1. You are the queen of factoids! My goodness. A turkey help line??? I seriously could have used that a couple years ago when it all went so terribly wrong.

  2. What about the trypotophan? Don't forget the tryptophan! I groove on the peaceful, easy feeling I have after a filling Turkey Day repast...

  3. And I thought I was the guest of honor...well, I better put on my turkey suit! ~Gorgeous~

  4. p.p.s. I see you're in Missouri...I'm in Kansas. Not far from the MO state line, actually...wondering where you are (and no, I'm not a stalker).

    My hubby was reading about the turkey (Courage was its name) that Obama pardoned today. He thought it was so funny until I told him one turkey is pardoned every year. Sometimes men are so clueless!


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