Dont let the turkeys get you down

November 21, 2008

Its the season where the boys leave us and head home or to visit, train and eat turkey. So on this cold and frosty morning we are attempting to steal them from their warm beds for Room Tidy… the hoover is happily skipping across the goldfish and socks left on the floor.. in return the 1st Floor get a prize of Crumpets… to be explained at a later date…. enjoy your Turkey Day and the return of your children and we will leave you with some interesting tidbits about Turkey’s and Thanksgiving.

All you have wanted to hear about Thanksgiving and more…….

Which president made Thanksgiving a National holiday?

Abraham Lincoln declared the first true national autumn Thanksgiving for Thursday, November 26, 1863, recognizing a long-standing New England tradition of placing the holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. He did it partially to help soothe the national mood, which was weary of the Civil War. He declared Thanksgiving again for November 23, 1864.

In 1865, his successor, Andrew Johnson, declared a Thanksgiving for December 7, 1865, and presidents traditionally declared a Thanksgiving for every autumn since. (Andrew Johnson was the first to give government employees the day off, making it a legal holiday.)

In 1941, Congress passed a bill that fixed the date as the fourth Thursday in November. FDR attempted to move the holiday to the third Thursday in November, but Congress enacted a law to fix the date at the fourth Thursday in November, thus making it an “official” holiday. On November 26, 1941, FDR signed the bill.

Which president was the first to pardon a turkey?
Each year, the President of the United States grants an official pardon to a Thanksgiving turkey presented to the White House by the National Turkey Federation. The tradition dates back to 1947, when Harry Truman issued the first turkey pardon. It is said that he got the idea from President Lincoln, who refused to kill a holiday turkey after his son Tad became attached to the bird. The traditional ceremony is held the day before Thanksgiving in the Rose Garden. (A second bird is kept out of sight in case the first turkey can�t go on.) After being pardoned, the turkey is given to Kidwell Farm, a petting zoo at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Virginia.

Turkey facts
Turkeys have great hearing, but no external ears. They can also see in color, and have excellent visual acuity and a wide field of vision (about 270 degrees), which makes sneaking up on them difficult. However, turkeys have a poor sense of smell (what’s cooking?), but an excellent sense of taste.

Turkeys sometimes spend the night in trees.
Turkeys can have heart attacks: turkeys in fields near the Air Force test areas over which the sound barrier was broken were known to drop dead from the shock of passing jets. Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago. 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”

Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.

More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.

Twenty percent of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving.

The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.

A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight
approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

There are three places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course — Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, La.; and Turkey, N.C. There are also nine townships around the country named “Turkey,” with three in Kansas.


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