On Nov. 23rd, 2017, Americans will meet with their loved ones, eat turkey, watch sports, and express gratitude for all the blessings in their lives. There are some fun facts and trivia you can share with your family and friends on Thanksgiving 2017 like:
The first Thanksgiving occurred 396 years ago, in Nov. 1621, when American Indians and pilgrims meet in what’s today Massachusetts to feast. But the main dish was seafood, not turkey.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.
The American Farm Bureau Federation found that an extended family of 10 spends $49.12 on the feast for Thanksgiving Day, which is 23% cheaper than a Thanksgiving feast in 1986.
President George H.W. Bush is the first U.S. President to officially pardon a turkey, in 1989.
In 2016, Army service members and their families stationed overseas consumed 34,760 pounds of turkey meat and 32,500 lbs. of beef, according to the Pentagon.
A PETA report shows that 45 million turkeys meet their doom every year for the celebration. In 2016, the U.S. raised 243 million turkeys, the Census Bureau reports.
Americans’ combined calories intake for Thanksgiving climbs to 8.1 billion every year if all 45 million turkeys are consumed. The Calorie Control Council found that a common Thanksgiving meal which includes dessert accounts for 4,500 calories.
A man of average weight (190 pounds) would need to run 32 miles to burn all those calories at a speed of one mile every 11 minutes. This means that if an adult American would want to burn off the extra calories would have to complete more than a marathon first.
Official data also shows that only 9 percent of Americans would rather celebrate at a restaurant on Thanksgiving.
Nearly half of Americans (47%) say that apple pie is their favorite type of pie for the day. Pumpkin pie comes in second with 37%.
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