It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and that means it’s time to reach out to customers to let them know you appreciate them. This year, why not give their mind a little gift too? These interesting facts about Thanksgiving are perfect to share on social media or via text, email or on your blog. And hey, you might learn something too!
- Black Friday is the busiest day of they year… for plumbers. Yes, you read that right. Roto-Rooter reports that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest for the pipes and sewer systems… we won’t expound on the reason.
- TV dinners were born of Thanksgiving. What happens when there are too many Thanksgiving turkeys? Well, in 1953, TV dinners happened! After an overproduction of Thanksgiving birds, companies sliced up the meet and froze them along with customary sides. Thus, a staple was born.
- Abraham Lincoln designated Thanksgiving as a national holiday. But this was much due to the pleas of magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, who also is famous for writing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
- Female turkeys don’t gobble. Toms gobble, while females cackle. Insert some kind of sexist joke here.
- Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to become the national bird of the United States. This was due to the fact that eagles had “bad moral character.”
- Turkeys are called such because they taste like the guinea fowls imported to Europe by Turkish merchants.
- The first Thanksgiving feast was likely made up of lobster, rabbit, fish, squash, beans, chestnuts, cabbage, eggs, goat cheese and chicken.
- Sarah Josepha Hale, who lobbied for the holiday, also was very influential in the traditional Thanksgiving fare. She circulated proposed Thanksgiving dinner menus, including turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.
- 91 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Ham is also a popular choice.
- Cranberries aren’t so popular the rest of the year. In fact 20 percent of the nation’s cranberry supply is consumed on Thanksgiving.
Alright, how many did you already know? Happy Thanksgiving!