Things I Never Knew About Thanksgiving


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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because in my family, it's a day of nothing but eating. No going out, no turkey trot run at the crack of dawn.. just lots bread, turkey with all the fixings, and most importantly... PIE!

Best Life just put out a new list of interesting Thanksgiving facts. Who knows, maybe it'll help you sometime on trivia night!

Scott's Favorite Thanksgiving Facts:

One Connecticut town delayed Thanksgiving because of a pumpkin pie shortage.

Well, sort of. Pumpkin pies were mostly popular as a Thanksgiving dessert in New England early in the 18th century, becoming more synonymous with the holiday across the country in the early 20th. But according to History, the town of Colchester in Connecticut agreed to hold the holiday a week when a molasses shortage threatened their ability to make the gourd-based sweet.

Holiday weight gain accounts for most of the thickening associated with aging.

According to a 2000 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the average person gains one pound between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Coupled with the fact that most individuals tend to gain one pound a year throughout adulthood, this seasonal thickening may play a large part in the general weight gain that accompanies age.

More than four-fifths of Americans prefer the leftovers to the meal.

According to a 2015 Harris Poll, a large majority of Americans (81 percent) prefer the leftovers of the Thanksgiving meal to the meal itself. Another finding: Millennials look forward to the turkey portion of the meal less than any other age group.

  • It's just a fact in my family that reheating the leftovers does something magical to the flavor and makes them taste 50 times better, minimum

"Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song.

"Jingle Bells," the classic Christmas song written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857, wasn't meant to be about Christmas. Originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh," the ditty was meant to be sung on Thanksgiving. When it was reprinted in 1859, however, the name was changed to "Jingle Bells, or the One Horse Open Sleigh," and was prescribed for Christmas

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

Black Friday isn't just big business for retailers: Plumbers and drain cleaners get in on the action, too. According to Roto-Rooter, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for those who keep water flowing and going in homes and businesses. In related news, they also recommend not pouring cooking oil down your drain.

  • My family learned this fascinating fact the hard way. 8 relatives, 2 toilets, 1 very difficult job for the local plumber

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