Here’s a little holiday trivia to make tomorrow more fun. Did you know?
Canned cranberry jelly is the least popular traditional Thanksgiving dish. Detractors say when it’s served right out of the can, it reminds them of dog food. Bow wow.
Green bean casserole made with mushroom soup and canned onion rings is the second least popular.
Instead of the bald eagle Benjamin Franklin wanted the noble turkey to be our national bird.
In 1947 Harry Truman was the first president to pardon a turkey.
President Franklin Roosevelt tried to change the date of Thanksgiving, setting it earlier by one week in order to encourage more holiday shopping during the Depression. Good intentions don’t always work out. The date change didn’t last.
The original Thanksgiving celebration was meant to be a fast, but changed to a three day feast once members of the Wampanoag tribe arrived to explained how to really say thank you. (And you think an hour at the table with relatives is hard to take.)
736 million pounds of turkey are consumed each Thanksgiving. 50 million pumpkin pies are also consumed. Many of the latter are consumed by people like the author of this blog who doesn’t like pumpkin pie.
Think and its tryptophan is why you feel sleepy after the meal? Apparently not. Tryptophan doesn’t really take effect because there are other amino acids in the meal to balance it out. Maybe you’re tired from conversation, preparation, and all those glasses of wine and beer lifted in toast!
And finally, not holiday trivia but a poem: A Funny Ode to Thanksgiving. I couldn’t find out who to attribute this prayer/poem to, but we thank the author. With a little editing here t’is:
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!