1. Turkeys were first domesticated by Mexicans around 800 B.C. Aww...I can just see them running around in their little maid and butler outfits.
2. Thanksgiving started out as a religious holiday celebrated by English Pilgrims and Puritans as a day of thanksgiving to God.
3. Turkeys were first used for meat by Native Americans around 100 AD. Can't believe it took them that long to realize there were drumsticks to be had.
4. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the official United States Bird rather than the bald eagle.
5. Turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour. And it still isn't fast enough to keep them off the menu for dinner.
6. According to Roto Rooter, Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for them. Let me see, 50 people come over to stuff themselves with turkey and all the fixings and then what happens? What goes up must come down?
Better get that Plunger ready!
7. Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official national holiday in 1863.
8. According to the National Turkey Federation 88% of Americans have turkey on Thanksgiving. That's 46 million turkeys a year. And more than 80 percent prefer white meat over dark.
9. Turkey was the first meal enjoyed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.
10. One of the most unusual ways to prepare turkey? Stuff something else in it. There's the Ten Bird Roast by British chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: Turkey stuffed with a goose, duck, mallard, guinea fowl, chicken, pheasant, partridge, pigeon, and woodcock. Or the more recently popular Turducken - Turkey stuffed with chicken stuffed with a duck.
Well whatever strikes your fancy, be it Turkey, Turducken, or something less traditional, be thankful and have a great Thanksgiving!
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