Hi all! Happy Thanksgiving!! Hopefully you all are enjoying some great food and having some awesome times with family and friends 🙂 I for one am spending this holiday in Missoula, Montana! I can see the whole city from my bedroom window in the mountains; at night, the whole place is aglow, and let me tell you, it is beautiful.
Anyways, here are 5 tidbits that I at least didn’t know about Thanksgiving, turkeys, and related things! Enjoy.
Only male turkeys gobble, hence their being called “gobblers”. This is a call analogous to a rooster crowing. Gobblers use their gobble to attract females and to talk with other male turkeys. Both guy and girl birds cackle, whistle, and yelp, though, and even make a call some have compared to a cat purring.
We Americans tend to think of Thanksgiving as a thoroughly American holiday, but Canadians celebrate it too! Now, I knew that, and a lot of people know that – what I didn’t know is that Canadians did it first. Of course, Native American harvest celebrations were commonplace in North America for thousands of years before 1492, but the first European Thanksgiving festival in the New World was held in Canada. In 1579, Sir Martin Frobisher held a celebration to thank God for his safe arrival in the New World. The Pilgrims didn’t land in the Americas until over 40 years later!
Thanksgiving is not just a North American holiday, either. Similar celebrations are held around the world, including (but not limited to by any means) Korea, Brazil, and Liberia. Other places of note where Thanksgiving or a similar holiday happen are the Norfolk Islands, Saint Lucia, and the Netherlands.
This Thanksgiving, thank Thanksgiving for TV dinners. In 1953, the company Swanson & Sons ordered 260 tons too much turkey. Seeing as they had to do something with all that leftover poultry, they took a cue from the trays of ready-made food served on airplanes and created the first TV dinners, featuring turkey, peas, sweet potatoes, and gravy.
The Pilgrims didn’t use forks. Using forks to eat wasn’t common for most English until the mid-1600s, and it wasn’t common in English colonies in America until the early 1700s. Furthermore, records indicate that the Pilgrims, though they had spoons and knives, had no forks with them at the first Thanksgiving feast. Can you imagine eating your turkey without a fork? :p