9 Shocking Secrets of Thanksgiving!

9 Shocking Secrets of Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is a favorite American holiday celebrated by almost everyone! In fact it is perhaps the most loved of all holidays aside from Christmas! In this video join Host and ScrewyMonkey.com Editor Shawn J. Shoulders as we explore the darker side of Thanksgiving! Here are the 9 Shocking Secrets of Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Can Kill!

According to Emergency room doctors and the CDC the days following Thanksgiving are a busy time for illness and death Many emergency room doctors we spoke with said thanksgiving itself can be peaceful in the ER but the days following it are very busy with heart attacks from indulging and holiday stress.

The CDC warns that food borne illness rates sour during thanksgiving. It seems that mixing oversized poultry and inexperienced cooks can be a recipe for disaster! Also, people have a tendency to leave food out too long while entertaining, and improperly reheat left overs!

Keep yourself safe and always follow proper food handling guidelines


People can’t agree when (or where) the first thanksgiving was!

Florida, Texas, Maine and Virginia each declare itself the site of the First Thanksgiving and historical documents support the various claims. Spanish explorers and other English Colonists celebrated religious services of thanksgiving years before Mayflower arrived. However, few people knew about these events until the 20th century. They were isolated celebrations, forgotten long before the establishment of the American holiday, and they played no role in the evolution of Thanksgiving. But as James W. Baker states in his book, Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday, “despite disagreements over the details” the 3-day event in Plymouth in the fall of 1621 was “the historical birth of the American Thanksgiving holiday.”


The First Thanksgiving was fowl!

According to historians the traditional thanksgiving meal we think of today is a relatively recent invention.

Turkey was prevalent in the region during the first thanksgiving but so were many other birds and they were all common foods during the time. It is likely that the thanksgiving meal could have been ducks, geese and swans.

Culinary historians speculate that the deer was roasted on a spit over a smoldering fire and that the colonists might have used some of the venison to whip up a hearty stew.

Mussels were abundant in New England and could be easily harvested because they clung to rocks along the shoreline. The colonists occasionally served mussels with curds, a dairy product with a similar consistency to cottage cheese. Lobster, bass, clams and oysters might also have been part of the feast.


You Can Talk Turkey

Butterball a popular producer of turkeys and turkey products staffs a full-time hotline of cooking experts during thanksgiving in order to help worried, stressed, and sometimes wayward cooks prepare a proper turkey.

It is reported that the questions they get can range from wither its necessary to remove the plastic bag the turkey comes in before cooking to can I defrost my turkey with a hair dryer! Proving the necessity of this hot line despite living in the age of google.

They claim they answer about 100,000 questions every year often holding the hands of those calling until their turkey crisis is over! That is a love of turkey talk


Mass Turkey Massacre

In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations. That’s one bird per person, if you don’t include infants. 91% of Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving.

Somehow this math does not add up I doubt that everyone is eating a whole turkey for thanksgiving dinner. So people are buying a bunch of turkeys that they are not eating right away resulting in a massive turkey slaughter before thanksgiving makes it a very hard time to be a turkey.

Somewhere, somehow, I imagine, a nightmarish and grim scene playing out in September and October with tons of birds on death watch.


Weight Gain

The average person eats enough each Thanksgiving to gain 1.3 pounds. That’s over 4,450 extra calories on top of what the average person needs to survive in a day. That is a whole lot of extra caloric energy being consumed. It would take a 150-pound person 16 plus hours of walking to burn all those extra calories!

Since people generally eat leftovers for days after thanksgiving you are likely to gain an extra 4 to 5 pounds during thanksgiving week.


Thanksgiving Created TV Dinners

In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 26 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it–creating the first ever TV dinner.

So the next time you set down to a less than spectacular frozen meal in a tray be thankful (or not) for bad accounting and Thanksgiving!


Plumbers Love Thanksgiving

Black Friday the day after thanksgiving is the busiest day for Roto-Rooter, a major plumbing service. They are called in to clean up “overwhelmed” sewer systems. Proving that all that turkey, gravy, and dressing must go somewhere!

Keep that in mind the next time you invite people over for thanksgiving, try to get them back home before that dinner decided to make its reappearance!




Pilgrim Fashion is a Lie

Pilgrims did not wear buckled hats or dress only in black and white. Buckles did not come into fashion until later in the 17th century, and the pilgrims usually saved their formal black and white colors for Sunday.

According to mayflowerhistory.com Pilgrims, in fact, wore a wide variety of colors. This is known because when a person died, an inventory was made of their estate for the purpose of probate: and often the color of various clothing items were mentioned. For example, long-time church member, Mary Ring, died in Plymouth in 1633, and her estate included a “mingled-color” waistcoat, two violet waistcoats, three blue aprons, a red petticoat, a violet petticoat, blue stockings, and white stockings.

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