I ain't no jive turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope today is a day of rest, great memories, and doing whatever makes you feel the most gratitude.
Today, we are talking Thanksgiving random facts. Because I love a random fact!

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.

  • Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.

  • Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call. Girl power.

  • The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds – about the size of a German Shepherd! (But turkeys are normally not used as police animals.)

  • A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.

  • The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as "suggestive."

  • Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees!

  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!

  • The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.

  • There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast. But they did have fish and lobster!

  • The cranberry got its name because the pale pink blossoms on the plant resembled a crane’s head and neck. The name craneberry stuck, eventually becoming cranberry.

  • Cranberries of the highest quality will always bounce! (If you try this at home, please wash the cranberries before eating.)

  • President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863.

  • President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of establishing a national “Thanksgiving Day.”

  • Congress did not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1941.

  • The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. But surely it is all burned off watching the football game? Maybe?

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friends!

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