Thanksgiving Fun Facts
By Heather Johnston | Email Heather Johnston
Thanksgiving is almost here!!
Turkey is on our minds here at the Casual Gourmet so we thought we would share some fun facts!!
DON’T FORGET MONDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER FOR THANKSGIVING!!!
Why do turkeys gobble?
- Only male turkeys (toms) gobble. Females (hens) make a clicking noise. The gobble is a seasonal call during the spring and fall. Hens are attracted for mating when a tom gobbles.
Where do turkeys sleep?
How big can turkeys get?
The biggest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds.
How many feathers do they have?
How fast can Turkeys run? Can they fly?
- A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
What is the growth on turkey’s neck called?
What country has the most turkeys?
United States 271,676,000
The country Turkey is actually number 16 on the list of countries.
Percentage of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
- 90% of American homes eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and 525 million pounds of turkey are eaten during Thanksgiving.
What state has the most turkeys?
- North Carolina produces 61 million turkeys annually.
When was the first Thanksgiving?
- Until 1863, Thanksgiving Day had not been celebrated annually since the first feast in 1621. This changed in 1863 when Sarah Josepha Hale encouraged Abraham Lincoln to set aside the last Thursday in November “as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.”
-Turkeys can drown if they look up when its raining.
- A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing with a field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.
- Domesticated turkeys can not fly!!
DON’T FORGET ALL THANKSGIVING ORDERS MUST BE IN BY MONDAY!!!