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And Now You Know: Turkey Fun Facts

In a few days I’ll be busy shopping for my family’s Thanksgiving gathering. Who’s with me? (Maybe I’ll see you at Costco!)

With all the shopping, prepping, and entertaining guests, we can become irritated, super stressed, fatigued, or all of the above. So let’s hit pause and take a five minute breather to learn a few fun facts about our fine feathered Thanksgiving friend: the turkey.

That’s the approximate number of calories you would consume if, for some reason, you decided to eat half of a 15 pound turkey by yourself.

Dark meat or white?
It’s true that white meat (1 gram of fat and 46 calories per skinless ounce) has less fat and fewer calories than dark meat (2 grams of fat and 50 calories per skinless ounce). But dark meat has more nutrients like iron, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamins B6 and B12 than its white counterpart, so don’t feel guilty about eating it.

Why does turkey make me sleepy?
It doesn’t. Eating turkey and the tryptophan it contains doesn’t make you sleepy. What does make you sleepy is all the energy your body channels into digesting the four plates of food you ate.


That’s how Benjamin Franklin felt when the bald eagle was selected to be the national bird. He thought the wild turkey was “in comparison a much more respectable bird.”

That’s the percentage of people in America who eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

Poor Popcorn
Popcorn, the National Thanksgiving Turkey that President Obama pardoned last Thanksgiving, died “of natural causes” a few months ago in July.

Save a turkey!
Delicious meatless dishes and faux turkey options abound for vegetarians and vegans.

We here at the Buena Park Library District hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Remember to keep sane, savor the season with the people you love, and give lots and lots of thanks.

Thanksgiving : Trivia Edition

This Thursday, November 28th is Thanksgiving Day!  Of course, we all know about getting together with loved ones feasting on turkey, stuffing, gravy, watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (or at least I do), and the food coma that ensues but do we know the quirky things about Thanksgiving?  Well, brace yourself!  Here’s some Thanksgiving trivia to tide you over till this upcoming holiday.

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  • The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.
  • Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving.  Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to North America.
  • The use of the turkey in the USA for Thanksgiving precedes Lincoln’s nationalization of the holiday in 1863.  Alexander Hamilton proclaimed that no “Citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day,” and many of the Founding Fathers (particularly Benjamin Franklin) had high regard for the wild turkey as an American icon, but turkey was uncommon as Thanksgiving fare until after 1800.  By 1857, turkey had become part of the traditional dinner in New England.
  • After the first Thanksgiving, the observance was sporadic and almost forgotten until the early 1800s.  It was usually celebrated in late September or October.
  • Thanksgiving Day did not become an official holiday until Northerners dominated the federal government. While sectional tensions prevailed in the mid-19th century, the editor of the popular magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, Sarah Josepha Hale, campaigned for a national Thanksgiving Day to promote unity. She finally won the support of President Abraham Lincoln.  The holiday was annually proclaimed by every president thereafter, and the date chosen, with few exceptions, was the last Thursday in November.
  • In 1941, Congress made Thanksgiving a national holiday and set the date as the fourth Thursday in November.
  • In the early 1960s, “Black Friday” came to be used in Philadelphia to describe the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush.
  • Each Thanksgiving, the President “pardons” a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone’s dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent living.  President George H.W. Bush was the first president to actually offer a turkey pardon in 1989.


The Buena Park Library also has books on all things Thanksgiving.  Check them out here!  And who can forget about those delicious Thanksgiving cook books?

Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving everyone!