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.