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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving: Little Known Facts

Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, but as your plans are finalized, you may be interested in some little-known facts offered by the History Channel:

●   It is not true that the pilgrims wore only black and white clothing or had buckles on their hats, garments and shoes. Buckles didn’t become fashionable until the late 17th century. Men also dressed in beige, green and brown and women also in red, green, blue, violet and gray.

●   Virginia is one of a handful of states that produce two-thirds of the nation’s more than two billion turkeys. Others include the top-producing state, Minnesota, as well as North Carolina, Missouri and California.

●   The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving dinner is 15 pounds.

●   Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor and writer, who launched the campaign to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday in the mid-19th century, also wrote the children’s nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

●   Snoopy has appeared more times in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade than any other character.

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