#1: The 1st TV dinner was Thanksgiving leftovers. Mmmmm
#2: President FDR tried to change the date of Thanksgiving during the Depression to jumpstart the economy.
#3: "Mary" from "Mary Had A Little Lamb" is who we can thanks for Thanksgiving. In 1863, she convinced President Lincoln to recognize it as a national tradition. Thanks, Mary!
#4: Surprisingly, turduckens are becoming more and more popular. In case you have no idea what this is, it's a turkey stuffed in a duck stuffed in a chicken.. Yummm?
#5: There have been 2 presidents that have "pardoned" turkeys. In 1947, Harry S. Truman and in the 1860's Lincoln pardoned his son's pet turkey.
#6: Thanksgiving was meant to be FAST, not a FEAST. The settlers at Plymouth Rock gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food. Oh, how times have changed.. Thankfully!
#7: In 1942, Thanksgiving was celebrated in London for the U.S. troops stationed in England.
#8: Thanksgiving took a while to catch on. It was 150 years before all 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving.
#9: There are 3 cities in the US named "Turkey". Turkey, Texas & Turkey, Louisana & Turkey, North Carolina
#10: Although there are football games on all day during Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions have played on EVERY Thanksgiving day, except when the team was called to serve in WWII.
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And #11 for fun: The pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, rather than sailing further inland because they were out of... BEER!