Okay, it’s Monday…Thanksgiving week. Just a few more days until we gorge ourselves with Turkey, Pie, Stuffing, and other assortments of fattening items. Excited? Here are a few fun facts about Turkey Day…
Did you know:
1. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second monday of October….in Canada? Crazy Canadians!
2. Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer. Crazy…a Prayer? 😉
3. Hate Black Friday? Now you know who to blame… President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving Day in the year 1939. He did so to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy of the state.
4. Those crazy founding fathers…. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. But it was Thomas Jefferson who opposed him. It is believed that Franklin then named the male turkey as ‘tom’ to spite Jefferson.
5. In 2007, the average American ate 17.5 pounds of turkey.
7. Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited.
8. If you want to know if a cranberry is ripe then all you need to do it throw it at the ground and measure how high it bounces. As long as it bounces higher than four inches it is ready to be picked.
9. Cranberry sauce is nasty.
10. Part of the reason that Swanson started creating T.V. Dinners in 1953 was because they needed to find something to do with 260 tons of frozen turkeys that were left over from Thanksgiving.
11. The first American Company to sponsor a Thanksgiving Day Parade was Gimbel’s Department Stores. The parade first took place in 1920 in the city of Philadelphia, Pa.
12. History recounts that the Pilgrims really didn’t wear funny hats we see on them in re-enactments
13. Screw history!
Insurance tip of the day:
To go along with the Thanksgiving theme: In the U.S. we like to fry everything…turkey’s are no exception. If you are deep-frying your turkey this holiday season, here are a few precautions you should take to ensure you have a safe and fun time with the family!
— Deep fry at least 10 feet from the house…and do it OUTSIDE.
— Keep children as far away as possible.
— Wear some sort of protective CLOTH glove. Please don’t wear dish washing rubber gloves…sheesh.
— Remember, that grease stays hot for a LONG time.
— Make sure you don’t leave the fryer unattended. The last thing you need is someone else’s child burning themselves.
— If a grease fire does start..do not throw water on it to put it out. Unless you have 5 pounds of baking soda (if you do…why?) make sure to have a fire extinguisher available.