Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything we have, but few fun facts are good to know. 

Thanksgiving is a time we spend with our friends and family and give thanks for all that we have as privileged Americans. While the tradition of Thanksgiving started during a morally questionable time period in American history, it has evolved into a holiday that humbles us (right before the ironic shopping rampage of Black Friday). “Wow” your guests with these fun Thanksgiving facts that could spark some interesting conversation.

Fact No. 1: Tryptophan Turkey

Those who don’t do their homework may say something like, “The tryptophan in turkey makes you sleepy.” This is false. Turkey contains no more tryptophan than the average chicken. What makes you sleepy on Thanksgiving is all the insulin your body releases in response to the crazy amount of food you just ate in one sitting to counteract all that sugar in your blood.

Fact No. 2: Millions of Turkeys

Filling the American appetite is quite the task. There were 254 million turkeys raised in the U.S., which is a two percent spike from the previous year. Minnesota was the state that raised the most with 46 million.

Fact No. 3: Space Food

Turkeys may not be able to fly, but they’ve been to space–at least, their meat has. In fact, it was the first meal that was enjoyed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they landed on the moon on the Apollo 11 mission.

Fact No. 4: The Turkey as the National Bird?

The bald eagle represents the United States as the bird of freedom and honor. But it may not have been that way. Benjamin Franklin fought for the turkey to named the national bird and was quoted as saying, “I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country! The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.”

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