Fun Thanksgiving Facts You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

It’s that special time of year where families come together all across the country to feast on turkey and celebrate the autumn harvest. But you probably don’t know the whole story behind the holiday. Here’s some fun Thanksgiving trivia:

  • The Pilgrims wore buckles on their shoes and hats to strap themselves to the floats in the Macy’s parade and keep them from flying away
  • “Yams” is a very old-fashioned sounding word
  • Turkey was not served at the very first Thanksgiving. Instead, the Pilgrims dined on goose, lobster, walnuts, peas, and Squanto, who was devoured in order to absorb his vast knowledge of agriculture
  • The early Mayans never even knew that Thanksgiving existed. I guess that calendar of theirs isn’t so great after all, huh?
  • By simply tracing the shape of your hand, you can draw a turkey that looks good enough to eat! Unless you’re missing some fingers, which means that you should probably just put the poor creature to sleep
  • Jesus and the Apostles celebrated an early form of Thanksgiving at the Last Supper. Of course, it was in the spring because it took place in the eastern hemisphere
  • If you’re anything like me, you love cranberry sauce. But did you know that cranberries are grown in a bog? That’s kind of spooky when you think about it
  • In 2012, Lions’ DT Ndamukong Suh crashed the White House Thanksgiving ceremony in a giant turkey costume in hopes of receiving a presidential pardon to pay off his NFL fines
  • The Indians only invited a few Puritans to come to America for Thanksgiving, so it was really awkward when they all showed up in that big ship without asking
  • European settlers named the turkey after the country of the same name, since both the bird and the Turkish have prominent wattles in the neck area

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