10 interesting Thanksgiving facts

Thanksgiving factsThanksgiving is Thursday, November 28th, 2013. In the blink of an eye the year has flashed by and we find ourselves gearing up for the holiday season. Whether you are hitting the road or hosting friends and family this year, Thanksgiving is a great time to catch up and spend time together.

Here at Elephant Auto Insurance we love making car insurance easy by sharing helpful information and explaining all things car insurance to our customers. This Thanksgiving holiday we wanted to take our passion for sharing knowledge and pass on some fun, festive factoids for you to share.

For the Thanksgiving car ride or over the turkey here are our top 10 interesting Thanksgiving facts!

  1. On the menu for the first Thanksgiving were not only familiar staples like turkey, corn (flint corn), and beans, but also deer, fish, and eels!
  2. Two-thirds of the turkeys produced in the United States come from only six states (Arkansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia)!
  3. In 2011, 248 million turkeys were raised. To put it into perspective, 248 million turkeys would make it possible for two people to split a turkey on Thanksgiving!
  4. In 1941 President Roosevelt signed a bill that established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
  5. Apple is the most popular pie choice on Thanksgiving. In fact a 2012 survey by NPR found that pumpkin pie came in third place behind strawberry pie.
  6. A wild turkey has between 5,000-6,000 feathers and unlike its domestic counterpart is actually an agile flyer.
  7. What we consider the modern day domesticated turkey is descended from one of six subspecies of wild turkey. In fact, at least 2,000 years ago it was domesticated by the indigenous people of Mesoamerica.
  8. Chicago O’Hare International, Los Angeles International, Logan International, LaGuardia International, and San Francisco International are the five busiest airports for Thanksgiving travel.
  9. For the last three years over 40 million Americans have traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This number is still short of the 50+ million drivers recorded prior to the economic recession that hit the roads during Thanksgiving in 2007. (aaa)
  10. The average gas price for Thanksgiving has increased from $1.54 in 2000, to $3.42 in 2012. However, so far this year the national average for a gallon of gas is coming in lower than the previous year at $3.19/gallon.  Before you hit the roads check your local gas stations at Automotive.com for the cheapest gas prices in your area.

Those are our fun facts, what are yours? We want to hear from you.  Post a comment on Elephant Auto Insurance’s Facebook page and tell us a few interesting Thanksgiving facts of your own.

Sources: US Census Bureau | NPR | Wikipedia | Business Insider | AAA.com |Smithsonian.com


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