November 22, 2012 12:44 pm · Posted by Lauren G
Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope you're all stuffing your faces right now. I know I am! Before you carve up that turkey, here are some fun facts about that tasty sucker.
- Turkeys can drown if they look up while it's raining.
- Oddly enough, the best time to see a turkey is during a light rain or a warm clear day.
- Turkeys have excellent vision and hearing...not so good in the smelling department.
- They can run up to 20 mph and fly between 50-55 mph.
- Males "gobble" to attract females, but turkeys also "purr," "yelp," and "kee-kee."
- Males and females look different but you can also tell them apart by their poop. Males produce spiral-shaped poop and females’ poop is shaped like the letter J.
(Inspired by Aristotle's Thanksgiving on the Web and Smithsonian.com)
November 24, 2011 1:01 pm · Posted by Lauren G
Every year on the fourth Thursday of November we stuff ourselves with turkey, graving, and stuffing (my personal favorite) of course. You probably remember your 4th grade play where you and your friends dressed like Pilgrims and Native Americans and said something about making life long friends on Plymouth Rock. Well you weren't entirely off. Thanksgiving is a combination of European and Native American celebrations at the end of a harvest season to give thanks for a good harvest. There is evidence of a harvest festival thrown by Spanish explorers in Florida in 1565, but the he Thanksgiving tradition has actually been traced to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1623, there wasn't enough food to feed over 100 of the colonists, but the Wampanoag Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to fish and gave them seeds.
It wasn't until 1863, by presidential proclimation, that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on the same day by all the states. Before that, each state decided when to celebrate on their own. In order to foster a sense of unity between the Northern and Southern states, Presdient Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be on the final Thurday of November. Then, on December 26, 194, President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth (not final) Thursday in November with the reason of giving the country an economic boost.
So, Happy Thanksgiving! Stay tuned to see what my family made for our Thanksgiving meal :)