(CNN) — In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in a big way, and the undoubted star of the party – of course, in addition to the spirit of gratitude and recollection – is food.
Millions of families in the United States will eat turkey this Thursday. Why? See this and other answers here:
1. The Thanksgiving tradition is born
Frozen meals have Thanksgiving to thank you for. In 1953, someone at the Swanson company miscalculated the number of turkeys that would be needed for the holiday… by 26 tons. Someone with a business mind came up with a brilliant idea: cut up the meat from leftover turkeys and pack it with some sides.
2. Do you go shopping?
If you’re a plumber, you probably won’t be able to go shopping on Black Friday, as that day is the busiest for them all year, according to Roto-Rooter, the largest plumbing service in the US. .
After all, someone has to take care of the system after well-fed guests “overload the system.”
3. This is my land
In the US there are four places called Turkey: Turkey Creek in Louisiana, Turkey in Texas, Turkey in North Carolina, Turkey Creek in Arizona. Also, there are two towns in Pennsylvania called Upper Turkeyfoot (which translates to something like upper turkey foot) and Lower Turkeyfoot (lower turkey foot).
4. A legacy
When Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was thanks to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Josepha Hale, who also wrote the song “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
5. How do you say?
The sound that the turkey makes is called a squawk.
6. Ben’s Bird
If Ben Franklin had succeeded, the turkey would be America’s national bird. He wrote to his daughter in a letter that an eagle had “bad moral character” for him. The turkey, on the other hand, was “a more respectable bird.”
7. Born in the US
Thanksgiving is not celebrated only in the United States; Canadians celebrate it too, but in October.
8. Don’t blame the bird
Many feel very sleepy after gulping down Thanksgiving dinner. But it’s not the turkey’s fault, which actually contains less tryptophan, an amino acid that requires a fair amount of energy to digest. Sleepiness comes because most people overeat at dinner, and digesting all that food can make them sleepy.
9. Let’s talk about turkeys
Why is the turkey called turkey in English? It is the same name as Turkey in English, and this is because the birds were imported by Turkish merchants.
Editor’s note: Story originally published in November 2018 and updated in November 2022.