Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

1. The holiday dates back to the 17th century.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians, and historians believe that only 5 women were present.

2. Turkey wasn’t always the star of the show.

On the first Thanksgiving table, you wouldn’t have found pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, or even turkey. Instead, you may have found venison, duck, goose, oysters, eel, and fish, along with pumpkins and cranberries.

3. Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the children’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” is largely responsible for Thanksgiving’s recognition as a national holiday.

Hale grew up celebrating Thanksgiving, and as the editor of “Godey’s Lady Book,” she frequently wrote editorials and articles about the holiday. During the Civil War, she urged Americans to “put aside sectional feelings and local incidents” and rally around the unifying spirit of Thanksgiving. For over three decades, Hale lobbied government officials to officially recognize Thanksgiving. Finally, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a fixed national holiday.

4. But not all Presidents were on board.

Before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863, each President had to recognize Thanksgiving as a holiday each year. But one President refused. Thomas Jefferson would not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday, as the day involved prayer, and Jefferson firmly believed in the separation of church and state.

5. Harry Truman is frequently credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but there’s more to the story.

He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner.

6. Turkey-pardoning wasn’t a formal practice until 1989.

John F. Kennedy was the first to let his Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon, who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. In 1989, George H.W. Bush formalized the turkey pardoning tradition.

7. The tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving began in 1876.

The original Thanksgiving Day match-up pitted Yale against Princeton. The first Thanksgiving NFL games, however, weren’t played until 1920.

8. The inaugural Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was actually meant to celebrate Christmas.

If you treat Thanksgiving as the start of Christmastime, you’re not alone. Although the first parade occurred on Thanksgiving, its organizers intended the parade to be a celebration heralding in the Christmas season. The “Macy’s Christmas Parade” first occurred in 1924, and over 250,000 people attended. It quickly became a New York tradition and a nationally televised event.

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9. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon, Felix The Cat, flew in 1927.

The first giant balloon to float over NYC’s streets, Felix the Cat was inflated with helium and—with no plan to deflate the giant balloon—parade organizers simply let him fly off. He popped shortly thereafter.

10. Green Bean Casserole was invented by a Campbell’s Soup recipe developer.

Ever wonder how Cream of Mushroom Soup became an essential casserole ingredient? The first green bean casserole was cooked up in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly, who worked in the home economics department at the Campbell Soup Company. She devised the idea to add frozen green beans to the canned Cream of Mushroom Soup, then topped the whole concoction with crispy onions. And the green bean casserole was born. Today, Campbell’s estimates that 40% of Cream of Mushroom Soup sales go to making green bean casserole.

11. Americans collectively eat 45 million turkeys to celebrate the holiday, the average size of which is 16 pounds.

That means that Americans consume about 720 million pounds of turkey on this special day.

12. But don’t forget about the sideboard.

With indulgent sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, and much more, the calories start to add up. Americans consume an average of 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving, and around 159 grams of fat. Let’s get our stretchy pants on.

13. What’s the price tag of the big meal?

According to the American Farm Bureau, the cost of a classic thanksgiving dinner—which includes turkey and stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberries, carrots and veggies, pumpkin pie, milk and coffee—was $48.90 in 2018. For a meal that’ll feed 10 people, that doesn’t sound too bad.

14. In practice, however, Americans tend to spend a lot more.

CNBC reports that, to build up that sideboard, Americans spend an average of $334 to host around 11 guests for the big meal.

15. Pack up the car.

According to AAA, approximately 54.3 million Americans travel 50 miles or more to celebrate the holiday. Honestly, this is no surprise—we already know that Southerners will go to great lengths to gather together at Grandma’s house.

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Random Facts, You Might Not Know

1 out of every 4 kids in the USA is overweight.


Your hair will continue growing after you die until all the cells in your body die.


A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.


A fetus that is four months old, will become startled and turn away if a light is flashed on the mother’s stomach.


A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.


Studies show that couples that smoke during the time of conception have a higher chance of having a girl compared to couples that do not smoke.


The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.


A pregnant woman’s dental health can affect her unborn child.


Your hair will continue growing after you die until all the cells in your body die.


A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.


A fetus that is four months old, will become startled and turn away if a light is flashed on the mother’s stomach.


A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.


Studies show that couples that smoke during the time of conception have a higher chance of having a girl compared to couples that do not smoke.


The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.


A pregnant woman’s dental health can affect her unborn child.

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Bet You Did No Know~ Messages Your Body Is Sending You

You Have Cold Hands = You’re Stressed Out

If your hands are cold, it may be the result of the temperature. It may also mean you’re totally stressing out.

Fact: If you’re experiencing heightened stress or anxiety, it can overextend your nervous system, which causes blood vessels to constrict and inhibit your circulation.

So instead of reaching for a pair of mittens, you might work on taking a few deep breaths and putting that anxiety on ice.

You Have an Aching Jaw = You Could Have Lyme Disease

It’s one of the more difficult diseases to diagnose. But if you fear that you have Lyme Disease, take note of your jaw. If you’re suffering from chronic pain that comes and goes, the cause may indeed be this tick-borne disease.

Though a medical professional may see this jaw pain as TMJ—or “temporal mandibular joint disorder”—your body may be trying to tell you it’s something more serious, so be sure to ask about it, specifically.

You’re Blinking a Lot = You Have a Crush

According to body language expert Blake Eastman, our blink rate tends to jump when we’re emotionally excited. When you’re feeling attracted to a potential partner, your blinking goes crazy, exceeding the average of 10 blinks per minute.

Your Index Finger Is Shorter Than Your Ring Finger = You Should Get Your Prostate Checked

A study published in 2011 by the British Journal of Cancer looked at 1,500 prostate cancer patients and 3,000 healthy control subjects over the course of 15 years and found that the risk of cancer for guys with index fingers longer than their ring fingers were reduced by 33 percent. So if your index finger is shorter—get to the doctor for that checkup!

You Prefer Your Eyebrows Longer = You’re Better at Managing Stress

Jean Haner, a facial reading expert, told Cosmo that those who rock long eyebrows “tend to deal better with stress and typically have a lot of friends that they don’t mind listening to and helping out with their problems.”

On the flip-side, those who trim their eyebrows short “are typically a sign of someone who doesn’t deal with stress very well,” and that “these people usually don’t like having to deal with their friend’s dramas as well.”

You Instinctively Turn Your Feet Away from Someone = You Dislike Them

According to retired FBI agent and body language expert Joe Navarro, the direction we point our feet—even when we aren’t thinking about it—says much about our feelings about the person in front of us.

“If you’re in a room with someone you don’t like, you won’t scowl or make faces because you don’t want to come off as insensitive or mean,” he tells Prevention. “But your feet will almost immediately turn away from that person.”

On the flip side, pointing your toes directly at someone can mean you’re very much into them.

You Have A Desire to Chew Ice = You Need Iron

If you love nothing more than chugging an iced beverage so you can get to the ice cubes left at the bottom, it might be time to splash out for a bottle of multivitamins.

Research published in the journal Medical Hypothesis has found that these two things are connected. Your body needs iron to help carry oxygen to your brain and your muscles, and people who are lacking in iron have less oxygen in their blood. Researchers believe that the act of chomping down on ice triggers a response in which your body sends more blood to the brain, which may produce feelings of greater alertness.

If this sounds like you and you’re iron deficient, the best sources for getting more iron are meat, poultry, and fish. However, according to Eat This, Not That!, other great non-meat iron sources include pumpkin seeds, black beans, broccoli, and more.

You Have Red Hair = You’re More Sensitive to Pain

Pity the redhead. Those 152,656,386 souls on planet earth who are genetically disposed to having red locks may often be the butt of jokes, but there’s another downside to sporting strawberry-tinged hair: according to research, redheads are also more sensitive to pain.

The study, published in the journal Anesthesiology, found that redheads requiring higher levels of anesthesia during surgery than those who don’t have red hair.

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Things You May Not Know~ About The Month of May

1. The month May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.

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2. In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.

3. May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.

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4. May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”.

5.  The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month.

6. On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.


Days in May~ Celebrations

Since this month is flying past us, I will only post days after May 16th.

  • May 16: Mimosa Day

What would brunch be without them?

  • May 17: National Bike To Work Day

We can’t promise you won’t arrive to the office slightly sweaty, but we can give you permission to skip the gym after completing your cycling commute.

  • May 17: National Pizza Party Day

Party is a relative term, by the way. You and a pizza is definitely a party.

  • May 18: International Museum Day

On this day, the entire planet celebrates museums and all the amazing things they have to offer. We recommend checking for events and activities in your area: Hundreds of thousands of museums join the party every year.

  • May 20: Eliza Doolittle Day

Today is a good day to channel your inner Eliza (either before or after the etiquette lessons).

  • May 22: National Maritime Day

A Presidential Proclamation issued in 1933 made this day an official holiday dedicated to recognizing the maritime industry. It is set to coincide with the date in 1819 that the American steamship Savannah set sail on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power.

  • May 22: World Goth Day

They’ll act like they don’t want/need/care about having a day in the calendar, but come on, everyone wants to be celebrated.

  • May 23: World Turtle Day
  • May 24: International Tiara Day

Who’s a pretty princess? Anyone who wants to celebrate Tiara Day.

  • May 25: National Tap Dance Day

The perfect day to put on your dancing shoes.

  • May 25: Towel Day

To honor author Douglas Adams, fans carry around a towel all day. The tradition is a nod to a passage in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy about the importance of towels: “A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” Good enough for us.

  • May 30: Loomis Day

This is a day to honor Mahlon Loomis, an oft-forgotten Washington D.C.-based dentist who received the first U.S. patent on a wireless telegraphy system in 1872—before Guglielmo Marconi, who is credited with inventing the first radio, was even born.

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March~ Things You May Not Had Known

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About the Month of March

March is the 3rd month of the year and has 31 days.

Season (Northern Hemisphere): Spring

Holidays

Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Birthday)
Saint Patrick’s Day
Pi Day
Daylight Saving Day
Women’s History Month
National Nutrition Month
American Red Cross Month
Fire Prevention Month

Symbols of March

  • Birthstone: aquamarine and bloodstone
  • Flower: daffodil
  • Zodiac signs: Pisces and Aries

History:

The name March comes from the Roman god of war, Mars. For many years, March, being the start of spring, was also the start of the New Year. Much of Europe used March as the start of the year. Britain used March 25th as the beginning of the New Year until 1752.

March in Other Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin) – sanyuè
  • Danish – marts
  • French – mars
  • Italian – marzo
  • Latin – Martius
  • Spanish – marzo

Historical Names:

  • Roman: Martius
  • Saxon: Hrethmonath
  • Germanic: Lenz-mond (Springtime month)

Fun Facts about March

  • It is the first month of Spring which begins between March 19-21.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, March is the same as September in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Each year March and June end on the same day of the week.
  • It is the time of year when animals start to wake up from hibernation.
  • March Madness is a basketball tournament played by the NCAA.
  • Easter is sometimes celebrated in March.

Below are some fun facts about March:

  1. The birthstone for March is the aquamarine.
  2. The zodiac signs for March are Aries (March 21 – April 19) and Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
  3. The birth flower for March is daffodil.
  4. American Red Cross Month
  5. Fire Prevention Month
  6. Women’s History Month
  7. National Reading Day
  8. Saint David’s Day
  9. World Math’s Day – the first Wednesday in March
  10. March 1 is the date the Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the union.
  11. March 2nd is celebrated by Texas as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico.
  12. On March 4, 1681, William Penn was granted Pennsylvania’s royal charter.
  13. March 25th is celebrated by people in Maryland to commemorate the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
  14. Purim, a Jewish festival usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar.
  15. March 8 – International Women’s Day
  16. March 14 – Pi Day
  17. March 19 – Saint Joseph’s Day
  18. March 22 – World Water Day
  19. March 23 – Pakistan Day
  20. March 26 – Bangladeshi Independence Day

Famous people born in the month of March include Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh, Daniel Craig, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Willis.

March Health Awareness

  • Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
  • National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Endometriosis Awareness Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • Save Your Vision Month
  • Trisomy Awareness Month
  • World Kidney Day (March 14)
  • World Sleep Day (March 15)
  • National School Breakfast Week (March 4–8)
  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 10–16)
  • National Sleep Awareness Week (March 3–10)
  • Brain Awareness Week (March 11–17)
  • National Poison Prevention Week (March 17–23)
  • National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)
  • World Tuberculosis Day (March 24)
  • American Diabetes Alert Day (March 26)
  • Purple Day for epilepsy awareness (March 26)
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