• Chris Muellenbach

7 Thanksgiving facts I bet you didn't know.

Thanksgiving may look and feel a little different this year than your traditional holiday feast.

Because the people sitting around the table may be the same folks who have already heard all of your stories, we put together a few Thanksgiving facts to add some flavor to your dinner conversation.

1. Without Thanksgiving, TV dinners may not exist. In 1953, an unfortunate misjudgment at Swanson led to the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving -- by 26 TONS!

But, one industrious soul thought outside the box by putting meals in a box: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side?

For more trivia on tv dinners and the woman behind the tv dinner visit: Taste of Home

2. The Snoopy Balloon has appeared more than any other balloon in the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Parade.

3. Domestic turkeys can’t fly — but they have been to outer space. Turkey was the first meal enjoyed by the Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

4. You may have heard that the Turkey was Ben Franklin’s vote for the national bird.

Turns out, that is actually a myth. Smithsonian magazine

5. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers, according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service. From Roto-Rooter: “Thanksgiving is responsible for more sewer and drain clogs than any other day of the year. The day after Thanksgiving is far and away the busiest day of the year for Roto-Rooter, presumably because most homeowners want to avoid holiday plumber fees so they suffer through until Friday. But if you follow these Thanksgiving tips you can remain clog-free and spend your Black Friday shopping at the mall instead of waiting at home for the plumber.”

6. The night before Thanksgiving is the single biggest day for bar sales in the U.S. Thanksgiving Eve, is also known as #BlackoutWednesday, #Drinksgiving, Whiskey Wednesday, Awkward Wednesday, or Big Wednesday.

7. The best way to tell if a cranberry is ripe it to see if it bounces. Yes, it literally bounces like a ball when it is ripe. See for yourself: Watch those berries bounce

Let’s talk turkey.

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We’re ready to help you formulate, develop and offer advice.

In the meantime, have a happy Thanksgiving!

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