For those of you living in the United States celebrating Thanksgiving, we just wanted to wish you a great one filled with food and football! We’re taking the time off today and tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends, so posting will be light. Before you get your minds focused on shopping tomorrow (or whatever else it is that you do), we thought we’d share some fun facts about turkey (the guest of honor today) and Thanksgiving.

happy thanksgiving

Turkey Facts:

  • The Average American consumes over 15 pounds of Turkey per year
  • Americans consume over 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day
  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog
  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat
  • Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour
  • U.S. turkey growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country
  • Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving
  • Male turkeys gobble, the female’s do not – they click
  • Commercial raised turkeys cannot fly
  • Turkeys can have heart attacks
  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger
  • Eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner. Carbohydrates in your Thanksgiving dinner are the likely cause of your sleepiness
  • There are three cities in the U.S. named after the Turkey in Texas, Lousiana, and North Carolina
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining

Thanksgiving food facts in numbers:

  • 690 million pounds of cranberries are expected to be produced in 2007
  • 1.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes are grown each year
  • 1 billion pounds of pumpkins were produced in 2006, Illinois produced the most
  • 1.8 billion bushels of wheat are produced which are needed for all of those rolls, breads, and pie crusts!

Sources: Here and Here