“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Yes, we are on a Thanksgiving theme this week.
So here are a few relevant facts.
The word ‘turkey’ is said to come
from the Hebrew word ‘Tukki’
which means ‘Big Bird’ or ‘Pheasant Bird’
or ‘Indian chicken’.
The busiest travel day of the year
is the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Turkeys can drown
if they look up in the rain.
Historians have proven that
the pilgrims didn’t really wear those
funny hats and buckles on their shoes.
They dressed really colorfully.
No one knows how the pilgrim image began.
The first meal eaten on the moon
by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren
was a roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
The first balloon in the
1927 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
was Felix the Cat
Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats.
However, most turkeys are found
in hardwood forests with grassy areas.
On June 20, 1998, in Bellevue, Ohio,
Dale Gasteier built a 52’ free-standing
illuminating star to celebrate
the American Thanksgiving holiday?
It was Sarah Joesph Hale, a magazine editor
who persuaded President Lincoln
to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.
She had previously persuaded Zachary Taylor,
Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan.
Almost 280 million turkeys
are consumed during Thanksgiving
celebrations in the United States.
Turkeys have heart attacks.
When the Air Force was conducting test runs
and breaking the sound barrier,
fields of turkeys would drop dead.
The real Plymouth rock is cracked,
it happened during the revolutionary war.
Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation
presents a live turkey and two dressed turkeys
to the President on Thanksgiving.
The President pardons the live turkey
and it is sent to a historical farm
where it lives the rest of its days.
Thanksgiving was not an official holiday
until Lincoln proclaimed it.
Before that, presidents would declare it
a holiday or not, depending on how they felt.
The official Thanksgiving Proclamation
was signed on October 3, 1863
by Abraham Lincoln.
According to this proclamation,
the last Thursday of November was
to be celebrated as Thanksgiving.
President Roosevelt declared Thanksgiving
one week earlier to stabilize the economy
during the Great Depression in 1939.
In 1941, the Congress passed an
official proclamation and made
Thanksgiving a national holiday
which would be observed on the
4th Thursday of November every year.