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Thanksgiving Fact or Fiction
Transcript of Thanksgiving Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction:
Thanksgiving is held on the final Thursday of November each year.
Fiction: In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as the national day of thanksgiving. In 1939, President Roosevelt decreed that the holiday should be moved up a week. This was not received well, so in 1941 the Senate amended the decree and made it so it was always on the fourth Thursday of the November.
Fact or Fiction: in 1863, Abraham Lincoln became the first American president to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving.
Fiction (kind of). Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, and their pace is limited to a slow walk. Wild turkeys, on the other hand, are much smaller and more agile. They can reach speeds of up to 20-25 miles per hour on the ground and fly for short distances at speeds approaching 55 miles per hour. They also have better eyesight and hearing than their domestic counterparts.
Fact or Fiction: The movement of the turkey inspired a ballroom dance.
Fact. The turkey trot, modeled on that bird's characteristic short, jerky steps, was one of a number of popular dance styles that emerged during the late 19th and early 20th century in
the United States. The popularity of such
dances spread like wildfire, helped along by the
teachings and performances of exhibition
dancers like the famous husband-and-wife
team Vernon and Irene Castle.
Fact or Fiction: One of America's Founding Fathers thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States.
Fiction. The Philadelphia department store Gimble's had sponsored a parade in 1920. Macy's launched 2 years later, and became even bigger with the release of Miracle on 34th street in 1947.
Fact or Fiction: Macy's was the first American department store to sponsor parade in celebration of Thanksgiving.
Fact or Fiction:
On Thanksgiving day 2007 two turkeys earned a trip to Disney World.
Fact. On November 20, 2007, President George W. Bush granted a "pardon" to two turkeys at the 60th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, held in Rose Garden at the White House. They served as honorary grand marshals or the Disney World Thanksgiving parade.
According to Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association, Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods. They also used it as a medicine to treat arrow punctures and other wounds as well as to dye fabric.
Fact or Fiction:
Native Americans used cranberries for cooking as well as medicinal purposes.
Fact: 1784 Benjamin Franklin suggested to his daughter that the wild turkey would be the appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United State.
Fact or Fiction: The tradition of playing or watching football on Thanksgiving started with the first National Football league game
on the holiday in 1934.
Fiction: The newly formed American Intercollegiate Football Association held its first championship game on Thanksgiving Day in 1876. At the time, the sport resembled something between rugby and what we think of as football today. The NFL took up the tradition in 1934, when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium in front of 26,000 fans. Since then, the Lions game on Thanksgiving has become an annual event, taking place every year except during the World War II years (1939–1944).
Fiction: George Washington, John Adams and James Madison all issued proclamations urging Americans to observe days of thanksgiving, both for general good fortune and for particularly momentous events.
Fact or Fiction: Turkeys are slow-moving birds that
lack the ability to fly.