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Thanksgiving Facts for Dinner Conversation

Posted by Jay Emmer on November 10, 2018
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“The first Thanksgiving celebration was in 1621.”

“In 1863, Abraham Lincoln made it official for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday.”

“The U.S. produces close to 50 billion pounds of potatoes per year- with Idaho and Washington being the top two producers. However, mashed potatoes were NOT an original side dish back when Thanksgiving first started.”

“The first TV dinner was created when a company called C.A. Swanson & Sons had overestimated how many turkeys they would need for the national holiday in 1953. The extra turkey was dished into 5,000 aluminum food trays and sold as frozen meals. The next year they sold 10 million turkey TV dinner trays.” 


 “In 1926 President Calvin Coolidge was gifted a live raccoon for Thanksgiving by a man from Mississippi who intended for it to be prepared as the main course. The Coolidge family chose to keep her as a pet instead and named her Rebecca. They already had a black bear, a wallaby, and a pygmy hippo!”

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