Thanksgiving is one of the few secular holidays that all Americans can enjoy. And we sure do!
Here are some interesting Turkey Day tidbits to share at your table this year.
- The Thanksgiving turkey has inspired the name of three U.S. towns: Turkey, Texas (pop. 465); Turkey Creek, Louisiana (pop. 363); and Turkey, North Carolina (pop. 270).
- One of the most popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade characters is Snoopy. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his first appearance in the 2006 parade.
- The first national Thanksgiving broadcast was in 1934. It featured the Detroit Lions hosting the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium, in front of 26,000 fans. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country. Since then –the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving except between 1939 and 1944.
- North Carolina’s sweet potato is plentiful. In 2010, it 972 million pounds of the tasty side dish vegetable. Other sweet potato powerhouses included California and Mississippi are on the list of top three tuber producers.
- Pumpkin pie lovers: according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.