A pretty gravy infographic with lots of fun facts about Thanksgiving!
Food for thought
By BIGEYE Posted on November 16, 2011
Thanksgiving food for thoughts
Eat your heart out
- 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
- Americans consumer 450,00 lbs. Of green bean casserole which is equivalent to 245 Statues of Liberties.
- Americans consumer 45,000 ears of corn/acre which is equal to 6,800 football fields.
- Americans consumer 19 million gallons of mashed potatoes which is equivalent to 2700 swimming pools filled with mashed potatoes.
- 5,000 miles of turkeys. Americans consumer 5000 miles of turkeys which is about the distance between California and France.
- The first Thanksgiving lasted for 3 days.
The great state of Minnesota has the most turkeys in the U.S.
The bird is the word…
There are three places, nationwide named after the holiday’s traditional meat, Turkey.
- Turkey, Texas – 496 residents
- Turkey Creek, La. – 357 residents.
- Turkey, N.C. – 267 residents
There are also 16 townships around the country named ‘Turkey,” 3 of them in Kansas.
The Guinness Book of Records states that the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey was at the annual “heaviest turkey” competition held in London, England on December 12, 1989. It was 86 lbs.
The Amazing turkey
- Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, field of turkeys would drop dead.
- A scared turkey can run at speeds up to 20 mph.
- They can also go into flight in a matter of seconds approaching speeds between 50-55 mps.
- A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees.
Other Random Insights
- Turducken is a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, which is become more popular in thanksgiving and originated in Louisiana.
- 457 million pounds is the record for total U.S pumpkin production by Illinois.
- Sarah Josepha Hale
- Author of Mary Had a Little Lamb was largely responsible for found the national Thanksgiving Holiday.
- Dungeness crab is common as an alternate main dish instead of turkey, as crab season starts in early November on the west coast of the U.S.
- Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”