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Countdown to Thanksgiving

By Kaitlyn Evans November 24, 2009

Here’s the (not-so) skinny on this year’s Thanksgiving spread:


Year the Pilgrims held a three-day feast that is regarded as the first Thanksgiving


Year that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday


Number (in millions) of turkeys raised in the US in 2009 for slaughter


Number of states (Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri and Indiana) that produce two-thirds of those turkeys


Number (in millions) that will end up on the dinner table this year


Weight (in millions of lbs.) of the cranberries produced in the US in 2009. Of that number, Oregon will produce 16 million lbs. (the fourth highest in the nation)


Value (in millions) of US live turkey imports


Percentage of those turkeys that come from Canada


Number of turkeys that are sure to avoid the dinner table this year, thanks to a presidential pardon


Weight (in lbs.) of the largest pumpkin pie ever baked, by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio


Estimated number of calories in a Thanksgiving meal – including one serving each of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner roll w/butter, a slice of pumpkin pie w/whipped cream and a glass of wine


Number of miles you’d have to walk to burn it all off

Now, who’s having seconds?

(Numbers are based on statistics courtesy the US Census Bureau, National Geographic, and History.com)

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