Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on November 10, 2021 with No Comments

•  In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations. 

•  Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 – 18 pounds of turkey.

•  Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States. 

•  Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. 

•  Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada. 

•  Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

Fun Turkey Facts

•  The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

•  The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. 

•  A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat. 

•  The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger. 

•  Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.

•  Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.

•  Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise. 

•  Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly. 

•  Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks. 

•  A large group of turkeys is called a flock. 

•  Turkeys have poor night vision.

•  It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey. 

•  A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.

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