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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Pilgrim's thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massasoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinners and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin, and deer.

Now a Thanksgiving dinner staple, cranberries were actually used by Native Americans to treat arrow wounds and to dye clothes.

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Today's Random Fact:

The first TV dinner was Thanksgiving leftovers.

The first Swanson frozen TV dinner (which sold for a mere 98 cents) was produced in the United States and consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread stuffing, frozen peas and sweet potatoes packaged in a tray like those used for airline meals. Retired Swanson executive Gerry Thomas said he came up with the idea after the company found itself with a huge surplus of frozen turkeys because of poor Thanksgiving sales.

The average person consumes 4500 calories on Thanksgiving day--enough to gain 1.3 pounds

A 160-pound person would have to run at a steady pace for six hours, swim for seven and a half hours or walk 45 miles to burn off a 4,500-calorie Thanksgiving day food-fest.

Bonus Fact:

The night before Thanksgiving is the single biggest day for bar sales in the US

Thanksgiving Eve is the largest 'bar night' of the year. Not only do towns see an increase in population (mostly college students heading home to see their families for the vacation) but there's a built-in hangover day on Thanksgiving--complete with lots of comfort food. It also comes without the high price-tag of nights like New Years Eve where more places charge higher cover fees to take part in the revelry.

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