Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

Ava M. and Avery M., Staff writers

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Fun Facts

(Wikipedia and CNN)

  • Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
  • Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November.
  • The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade didn’t feature any balloons.
  • About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving each year.
  • Most Americans like Thanksgiving leftovers more than the actual meal.
  • Not so fast. Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.
  • Why are turkeys called turkeys? Since the birds were imported by Turkish merchants, the English called them turkeys.

A Little Hint of the History of Thanksgiving

When the pilgrims first came to America they did not know how to grow crops and survive the winters. The Native Americans then showed the pilgrims how to survive the winters and grow crops. So, over the course of a few years the Pilgrims and Native Americans developed a strong bond and decided to celebrate over a huge meal and celebration.

Thanksgiving Fun


What should you wear to Thanksgiving dinner?
(A har-vest!)
If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
(Their age!)

What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
(Pumpkin pi!)

What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?
(The letter “g”!)

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
(They suspected it of fowl play!)
Which side of a turkey has the most feathers?
(The outside!)

Why do turkeys lay eggs?
(If they dropped them, they’d break!)

What’s the most musical part of a turkey?
(The drumstick!)

If fruit comes from a fruit tree, where does turkey come from?
(A poul-tree!)

Daughter: Mum, can I have a canary for Christmas?
Mum: NO! You’ll have turkey like everyone else.

What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
(He got the stuffing knocked out of him!)

Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Born: April 1945
Died: March 1947
Breed: Wyandotte chicken

Mike (also known as miracle Mike) lived for 2 years without a head. Mr. Olsen, Mike’s owner, was trying to chop his head off and failed because the axe missed the jugular vein. Mike ended up living without a head. Soon, Mike unfortunately passed during  March of 1947. Finally, the story of Mike The Headless Chicken will live on forever.

To learn more about Mike, watch the video below


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2 Responses to “Fun Facts about Thanksgiving”

  1. Julia J on November 27th, 2017 1:41 pm

    If this holiday is about turkeys, why is there a headless chicken? Why not a turkey, like the subject we are talking about

  2. Sadie Murphy on December 7th, 2017 4:39 pm

    Why would Benjamin Franklin want our national bird to be the turkey instead of the bald eagle?

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