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Posted 21 November 2004 - 03:15 PM

* The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

* The Wampanoag chief invited to the first Thanksgiving feast was named Massasoit.

* The Pilgrims didn't use forks.

* Only about one-third of the original colonists were Puritans.

* The Mayflower's crossing took 66 days.

* It's unclear if the Pilgrims at turkey at the first Thanksgiving.
At the time, "turkey" meant any kind of fowl.

* Evidence indicates that turkeys have been around for more than 10 million years.

* Turkey eggs hatch in 28 days.

* A baby turkey is called a "poult."

* A mature turkey has about 3,500 feathers.

* More than 45 million turkeys are consumed during Thanksgiving.

* The average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is 15 pounds.

* The Mayflower weighed 180 tons.

* There were at least two dogs on the Mayflower.

* The typical 15-pound turkey is 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

* Pilgrim children, boys and girls, wore linen or wool dresses up until the ages of seven or eight.

* Cranberries are also called "bounceberries."

* A male turkey is called a "Tom." A female turkey is called a "hen."

* The Mayflower was a merchant vessel. Before transporting the Pilgrims, the ship was in the wine trade, and before that, in the fish trade.

* The pet food industry uses about 13 percent of U.S. turkey

* The Pilgrims did not eat cranberry sauce at the first Thanksgiving.

* In the typical Pilgrim household, adults sat down to dinner while the children waited on them.

* A nest of turkey eggs is called a "clutch."

* The "caruncle" is the reddish, fleshy growth on the head and upper neck of a turkey. The red, fleshy growth from the base of a turkey's beak that hangs down over the neck is called the "snood."

* The first native Americans to introduce themselves to the Pilgrims were Samoset and Squanto.

* Ninety-five percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

(Find this and more on http://www.strangecosmos.com/)

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 03:27 PM

Very interesting facts, FLQ.
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Posted 21 November 2004 - 04:21 PM

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:27 AM

Turkey: The National Bird?

Ben Franklin thought the North American wild turkey should be the national bird. Of course, the turkey of his day was nothing like the domesticated descendants we know today. The wild turkey of Ben Franklin's day was a brightly plumed, cunning bird of flight.

Unlike eagles, turkeys live in flocks. Imagine seeing a flock of birds as large as turkeys flying across the sky. It must have been a wondrous sight. Wild turkeys have longer necks and legs as well as smaller breasts than turkeys bred for the table. The true American turkey was "wild and wary to the point of genius," said author G. T. Klein.
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If old Ben would have had his way we might all be eating Bald Eagle on Thanksgiving! :)

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 09:22 AM

Hmmmm..... I pefer turkey. I'm already bald... don't need a reminder on Thanksgiving.
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Posted 23 November 2004 - 10:00 AM

Very interesting facts you guys have posted here. Thanks for the info! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!! :D
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Posted 24 November 2004 - 09:29 PM

The Tryptophan Myth:

Although turkey meat does contain tryptophan, a natural sedative, in order for it to work the way people think it does, you would have to eat just turkey on an empty stomach. The chemical only works when isolated.

So what causes the lethargy? It's most likely due to drinking alcohol and overeating - not just turkey, but everything that goes with it...ie potatoes, cranberries, peas, carrots, bread, pies, and whipped cream - which pulls the blood away from your brain as your stomach begins the work of digesting an overload. Now I am hungry. :blink:
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Posted 25 November 2004 - 03:17 AM

Somebody doesn't celebrate thanksgiving? What kind of Turd Ferguson wouldn't celebrate the founding of America?

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Posted 25 November 2004 - 03:45 AM

Yes, there ARE people who do not celebrate Thanksgiving and that's because they don't LIVE in the States. Please remember that people from all over the world come to this site. Let's be tolerant of others' beliefs please . . .

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Posted 25 November 2004 - 08:35 AM

things that make you go HUH? :o Nice job on the info Liz thanks.. :o
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Posted 25 November 2004 - 01:06 PM

Somebody doesn't celebrate thanksgiving? What kind of Turd Ferguson wouldn't celebrate the founding of America?

Ask Yourself. I assume you aren't Turd Ferguson.

great answer Liz. I guess some people really needs some real thinking of their own existence! <_<
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Posted 25 November 2004 - 01:22 PM

ty for ther info very nice:D
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