Here are a few tidbits of knowledge to consider during the holiday weekend.
•The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924.
•True or false: the song “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving.
•The skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck is called a “wattle.”
•According to the National Turkey Federation, more than 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.
•The states that produce the most pumpkins include California, New York and Pennsylvania (combining for more than 1 billion pounds of pumpkin annually).
•According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota produces more turkeys than any other U.S. state.
•Question: Of these Thanksgiving favorites, which is lowest in calories: Pecan pie, pumpkin pie or apple pie?
Answer: Pumpkin pie.
•A “spooked” wild turkey can run as fast as 20 miles per hour.
•Thanksgiving was first proclaimed a U.S. national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln.
•Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the U.S., believing the eagle had “bad moral character” while the turkey was a “much more respectable bird.”
•Four U.S. towns have the word “turkey” in their names: Turkey, N.C.; Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, Ariz.; and Turkey Creek, La.
•The oldest “Turkey Trot” race is the Buffalo Turkey Trot, which has been put on by the local YMCA since 1896.
•According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long.
•According to the Guinness Book of Records, the heaviest turkey on record weighed 86 pounds. The average turkey weighs about 15 pounds.