Thanksgiving. It ushers in the Holiday season. Family, friends, fun and, of course food. Jean and I shared some Turkey day traditions and stories. Then, we end with 10 interesting trivia facts. If you want all 10, you’ll have to listen
- No one really knows if the first thanksgiving featured turkey.
- But they did eat some extravagant things like lobster, seal, and swan.
- Forget the bald eagle! Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird.
- We have Thanksgiving and Black Friday but the first Thanksgiving was a three-day event.
- Thanksgiving inspired the first TV dinner.
- In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys (260 tons, to be exact). To get rid of them all, salesman Gerry Thomas came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas, and sweet potatoes. The 98-cents meals were a hit. Within one year, over 10 million were sold.
- About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving each year.
If you want to know the Thanksgiving feast’s calorie count, what turkeys do the gobbling and what on Earth plumbing has to do with the holiday, you know what to do…. Listen!
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