Five Fun Thanksgiving Facts You May or May Not Know
Thanksgiving trivia, in addition to making the family gathering more fun and less controversial, can also give children a history and context for our time-honored traditions.
Here are some fun facts about Turkey Day that will hopefully help keep conversation at your dinner table safe and help everyone learn something new in the process.
Fun fact 1: The very first New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1924 featured zero celebrities. In fact, it featured animals from the Central Park Zoo and many of Macy’s employees.
Fun fact 2: Not all turkeys gobble. Of domesticated turkeys, only male turkeys gobble and they do so to attract hens during the mating season – usually in the spring or the fall. You’ll hear wild turkeys gobble more than domesticated ones.
Fun fact 3: Cranberries were part of the first Thanksgiving in 1621. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says definitively that cranberries were featured on that first Thanksgiving table. Also, the Pilgrims gave the fruit — commonly used by Native Americans as medicine and fabric dye – the name “cranberry” because its pink blossoms in the spring reminded them of a crane.
Fun fact 4: Thanksgiving falls on the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah this year. Enjoy it, because it will be 79,043 years before this can happen again. A young man in New York City was inspired by this convergence of the two holidays to invent the “Menurkey,” a turkey-shaped menorah.
Fun fact 5: This is a weird one. Did you know turkeys have heart attacks? When the U.S. Air Force did test runs and broke the sound barrier, turkeys running around in nearby fields dropped dead of heart attacks.
The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. wish everyone a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!
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