Eat, drink, be merry, and be thankful! Happy Thanksgiving one and all. Here are some fun facts for you to enjoy.
709 million pounds
The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2009. Wisconsin is expected to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 400 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (190 million). New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are also expected to have substantial production, ranging from 16 million to 54 million pounds.
The quantity of turkey consumed by the typical American in 2007, with a hearty helping devoured at Thanksgiving time. Per capita sweet potato consumption was 5.2 pounds.
Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey, Texas, was the most populous in 2008, with 456 residents, followed by Turkey Creek, La. (361) and Turkey, N.C. (272). There are also nine townships around the country named Turkey, three in Kansas.
For some more fun facts, check out this link. (Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.) And if fast fact aren’t enough for you, here are some Thanksgiving statistics (graphically represented of course) courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics).