Just some food for thought: A Thanksgiving infographic

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Food for thought

By BIGEYE Posted on November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving food for thoughts


Eat your heart out

  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Americans consumer 450,00 lbs. Of green bean casserole which is equivalent to 245 Statues of Liberties.
  • Americans consumer 45,000 ears of corn/acre which is equal to 6,800 football fields.
  • Americans consumer 19 million gallons of mashed potatoes which is equivalent to 2700 swimming pools filled with mashed potatoes.
  • 5,000 miles of turkeys. Americans consumer 5000 miles of turkeys which is about the distance between California and France.
  • The first Thanksgiving lasted for 3 days.

Destination Turkey

The great state of Minnesota has the most turkeys in the U.S.

The bird is the word…

There are three places, nationwide named after the holiday’s traditional meat, Turkey.

  • Turkey, Texas – 496 residents
  • Turkey Creek, La. – 357 residents.
  • Turkey, N.C. – 267 residents

There are also 16 townships around the country named ‘Turkey,” 3 of them in Kansas.

The Guinness Book of Records states that the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey was at the annual “heaviest turkey” competition held in London, England on December 12, 1989. It was 86 lbs.

The Amazing turkey

  • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, field of turkeys would drop dead.
  • A scared turkey can run at speeds up to 20 mph.
  • They can also go into flight in a matter of seconds approaching speeds between 50-55 mps.
  • A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees.

Other Random Insights

  • Turducken is a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, which is become more popular in thanksgiving and originated in Louisiana.
  • 457 million pounds is the record for total U.S pumpkin production by Illinois.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale
  • Author of Mary Had a Little Lamb was largely responsible for found the national Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • Dungeness crab is common as an alternate main dish instead of turkey, as crab season starts in early November on the west coast of the U.S.
  • Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”

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