5 Fun Facts and 2 Busted Myths About Thanksgiving

Adam Kim, Reporter

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Almost everyone knows about the history of Thanksgiving, but do you know about the facts of Thanksgiving? Every year about 46 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving. Forecasts show 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more. 243 million turkeys are expected to be raised in the United States in 2016. Surprisingly, 859 million pounds of cranberries are expected to be produced in the United States in 2016. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day one week earlier to boost the Christmas shopping season. It’s a myth that Benjamin Franklin wanted the National Bird to be the turkey. It’s sometimes said that the eagle on the Presidential Seal changes during times of war to face the arrows instead of the olive branch. This one is understandable because from 1916 to 1945, the eagle did face the arrows. As one can see, Thanksgiving is a holiday to be celebrated by all, and also should be celebrated with great happiness.

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