Conversation can sometimes get tense around the Thanksgiving dinner table. If you need to swing the conversation towards away from Uncle Bob's dry stuffing, why not share some of these fun facts?
1. Get your plumber on speed dial
According to Roto-Rooter, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers. It's not just your guests causing the problem, be careful about pouring grease and food particles down your drains. Roto-Rooter says it experiences a 21 percent increase in calls over the four-day weekend than any other Thursday to Sunday period in the year.
2. Without Thanksgiving we wouldn't have TV dinners
In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes — and the first TV dinner was born!
3. At least it wasn't creamed spinach...
There was a sudden rainstorm during the 1957 Macy’s parade. The Popeye float took the water in stride, collecting rain in the dip of his hat until it became too heavy for his rubbery neck to support. Popeye then dropped his head, flooding the crowd below in a gush of rainwater, then bounced back upright and began the process again.
4. The biggest turkey ever is not big enough to fit a human head
In one of the most memorable Friends episodes Joey and Monica each put turkeys on their heads. Turns out there are no turkeys with large enough cavities to fit the average adult human head and the prop department had to build them from foam. Kevin S. Bright, who directed the well-loved episode, spoke later on in the interview about how detailed those turkeys had to be to make the actors somewhat comfortable; they were, apparently, very expensive to have made, and actually had vents so that breathing was easier and mesh so that they could be seen out of. [read the original article here.]
5. It's not made out of pumpkin!
The canned pumpkin you buy in the grocery store often contains little to no amount of the bright-orange, jack-o’-lantern kind of pumpkin. So what, exactly, is in there? In 1929, Libby’s canned pumpkin was introduced to America. Libby’s is not actually pumpkin but another kind of squash called a Dickinson or "Dickinson Pumpkin" that also has orange flesh, but the exterior is more misshapen and pale than the pumpkins see around in the fall. [read more here]