Thanksgiving Trivia

This Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will gather with friends and family for an American tradition: give thanks, watch football, eat turkey, and settle in for a nap – although not necessarily in that order. We thought we’d share some fun Thanksgiving fodder to keep the conversation flowing between football quarters or while passing the mashed potatoes. 

A turkey mix-up: Led to the creation of the America’s first TV dinner in 1953. A Swanson employee miscalculated when ordering turkeys and the company was left with 260 tons of frozen birds sitting in 10 refrigerated railroad cars. Inspired by the pre-prepared food served on airlines, a quick-thinking salesman ordered 5,000 aluminum trays and recruited women to work the assembly line where they filled the trays with turkey, corn-bread dressing and gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. 

No Balloons in the First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: In fact, marching in the parade were animals from the Central Park Zoo and, of course, the white-bearded man himself, Santa, who sat atop of a snow globe that rested on icebergs that were pulled by horses dressed up as polar bears. The first balloon to float in the parade was Felix the Cat in 1927. 

A few fun facts to keep at your fingertips:

4,500: The number of calories in a Thanksgiving meal. Source: Calorie Control Council.

46 million:  Number of turkeys eaten each Thanksgiving Source: University of Illinois Extension

47 percent: Americans who prefer apple pie, followed by pumpkin pie and chocolate crème pie. Source: Live Science

.480: The Detroit Lions' winning percentage in Thanksgiving Day football games.

1621: The first year Thanksgiving took place, in Plymouth, where Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians feasted on seafood, not turkey.

1863:  The year President Lincoln first established Thanksgiving as an annual holiday.

1989: The first year a turkey was officially pardoned, by President George H.W. Bush.

28.5 million: People who will fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28

Charlie Brown Wins! In 2016, 4.65 million viewers watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 2016; 5.38 million watched Saturday Night Live’s Thanksgiving special in 2016; 7.19 million viewers watched “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Source:

1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372): The number to call for your turkey cooking questions.

The MRBOXonline family wishes you and your family a Thanksgiving filled with good food, good friends, and many reasons to be thankful. After you sleep off your turkey feast (all 4,500 calories of it), give us a call to start planning for your holiday shipments. We have a packaging and shipment checklist to keep you on track. Visit MRBOXonline or call (800) 231-8806 or (954) 572-2500 to get started.



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