TurDucKen and The Truth About Thanksgiving


TurDucKen and The Truth About Thanksgiving



  • The first Thanksgiving feast took place at Plymouth, Mass. in 1621.


  • Only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn’t survive that difficult first year in the U.S.
  • The First Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
  • The pilgrims didn’t use forks at the first Thanksgiving. They ate with spoons, knives, and their hands.



  • President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day as an official national holiday in 1863.
  • Benjamin Franklin originally wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
  • In the U.S., about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.


  • The state of California consumes the most turkey.
  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16-18 pounds of turkey.
  • Turkeys have roughly 3,500 feathers at maturity.
  • Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared, but domesticated turkeys that are bred are heavier and can’t run quite that fast.
  • Turkey isn’t responsible for drowsiness or the dreaded “food coma.” So what is? Scientists say that extra glass of wine, the high-calorie meal or relaxing after a busy work schedule is what makes you drowsy!
  • There is such thing as – Turduckens (a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken)in the menu today. But nowhere to be found during that first Thanksgiving.


  • Presidential pardon of a turkey: Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947. President Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey named Courage, who has flown to Disneyland and served as Grand Marshal of the park’s Thanksgiving Day parade!