Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Thanksgiving Facts

Infographic at

This is a really cool graphic that I would have loved having as a poster when the kids were little. Here's the info, if you can't see it clearly. (It's clearer at their site; the embedding seems a little small for 50-year old eyes to see!!)

A Little History...

  • 102 People Sailed on the Mayflower. 
  • The journey took 66 Days
  • The first Thanksgiving lasted for 3 days at Plymouth Colony, somewhere between September 21 and November 11, 1621
  • In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving.
  • 5 deer were eaten at the First Feast
  • No Turkeys were eaten; but lobster, seal and mussel was on the menu
  • No Pies or cakes at the first Thanksgiving. :( 
  • 1924 - First Macy's Day Parade (Snoopy has been there since the first one!)
  • 1934 First Pro-Football game on Thanksgiving

And Now...
  • 248 million turkeys are raised in the U.S. in 2011; 1 of 5 of these are eaten at Thanksgiving.
  • Minnesota alone is expected to produce 46.5 million turkeys this year!
  • 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins were produced in 2010
  • 2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced in 2010
  • 750 million pounds of cranberries are expected to be produced in 2011
  • 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving last year

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