Stats & Stripes 11/28

Gobble, Gobble! These numbers come from the National Turkey Federation.

1863—Year when Thanksgiving was made an official holiday. President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official holiday after a campaign was launched by magazine editor Sarah J. Hale.

3,500—Average number of feathers on a mature turkey.

88%—Predicted number of Americans who eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

55 miles per hour—Speed a wild turkey can fly for a short distance.

30—Number of years a turkey has been presented and pardoned at the White House

16—Average weight of a Turkey Day turkey.
4-5—Number of pounds per day a turkey will thaw.

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