Thanksgiving means many different things to many people. For some, it’s a great day for football. For others, it means Twilight Zone and Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathons. And plenty of people love it just for the food and the company. And why not have all of those together?
We’d like to spice up your Thanksgiving this year, not with seasoning (we’re sure you’ll have that covered), but with some fun and funny facts about this holiday.
- TV dinners were invented because of Thanksgiving: Really! And no, not because people like to eat in front of the television to watch football. In 1953, Swanson had an extra large amount of turkey, approximately 260 tons. A salesman suggested packaging it into an aluminum tray along with various Thanksgiving-style sides. And thus was the TV dinner invented.
- Thanksgiving wasn’t always the 4th Thursday of November: It was Abraham Lincoln who chose the 4th Thursday of the month for the holiday. But in 1939 the government moved it up a week to help make shopping season easier because of the pressures of the Depression. This experiment only lasted two years.
- How football met Thanksgiving: The holiday has been celebrated long before the sport of American Football existed—so when did the two start living together so comfortably? It started in 1920 when the NFL held Thanksgiving Classic games. When the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys made a tradition of holding homes games on Thanksgiving, the tradition became solid.
- Why The Twilight Zone is the TV show of Thanksgiving: Showing marathon episodes of The Twilight Zone is a tradition for many local television stations. This started with KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles in 1980. The tradition soon spread. Many stations hold marathons of classic television shows during Thanksgiving, but The Twilight Zone is still the king when it comes to Turkey Day and a great option for people who aren’t fond of football.
- How many Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving? Around 91%! In fact, they consume 46 million turkeys each holiday!
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