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Benjamin Franklin wanted 

 the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.



·       Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.


·       Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.


·       Corn is one of the popular symbols of thanksgiving. It came in many varieties and colors – red, white, yellow and blue. Some Americans considered blue and white corn sacred. The oldest corns date 7000 years back and were grown in Mexico.


·       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.


·       More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.


·       The Plymouth Pilgrims dined with the Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.


·       The cranberry is a symbol and a modern diet staple of thanksgiving. Originally called crane berry, it derived its name from its pink blossoms and drooping head, which reminded the Pilgrims of a crane.


·        Only male turkeys, fittingly called gobblers, actually make the sound. Female turkeys cackle instead.


·        On November 20, 2007, President George W. Bush granted a “pardon” to two turkeys, named May and Flower, at the 60th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, held in the Rose Garden at the White House. The two turkeys were flown to Orlando, Florida, where they served as honorary grand marshals for the Disney World Thanksgiving Parade. 


·       Turkey feathers were used to stabilize arrows and adorn Native American ceremonial dress, and the spurs on the legs of wild tom turkeys were used as projectiles on arrowheads.


·       The long, red, fleshy growth from the base of the beak that hangs down over the beak is called the snood.


·       A large group of wild turkeys is called a flock, while a bunch of the domesticated birds are called rafter or gang. (Yes, a gang of turkeys.)


·       Wild turkeys prefer to sleep in trees.


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