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Thanksgiving Trivia: 11 Facts You Should Know

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/21/2011 6:07 pm EST   Updated: 11/19/2012 10:06 am EST


Considering the times we've celebrated Thanksgiving, year after year, you would think that we would know everything there is to know about this food-centric holiday. But do you know what the pilgrims ate at their first Thanksgiving day meal, and who they ate it with? Do you have any idea where the strangely-beloved green bean casserole came from? After all, the pilgrims didn't have Campbell's cream of mushroom.

Take a moment to read through these bits of Turkey Day trivia so you can enjoy the feast a little bit more -- feeling a tad smarter and equipped with appropriate holiday conversation starter tidbits.

Know any interesting Thanksgiving trivia? Share it with us in the comments below.

Was There Turkey At The First Thanksgiving?
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There is no evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving, a three-day meal shared between the pilgrims and Wamponoag tribe in 1621. It is more likely that they ate venison and a lot of seafood.

Today, though, we sure eat a lot of turkey. According to a study done by the National Turkey Association, Americans ate 690 million pounds of turkey during Thanksgiving 2007. That is equal to the weight of the entire population of Singapore.
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