Thanksgiving by the Numbers

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11/26/2009 6:55 AM   :  16 comments   :  7,450 Views

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Today is a day set aside in America as a time to gather with family and friends to offer thanks.

Typically, it includes a wonderful meal, football, parades and other fun and games. Here are some fun number facts to commemorate the day.



1620

The year the Pilgrims set sail for the New World on the Mayflower.

115 million

Number of potential homes where people are gathering for celebration and to give thanks.

13

Number of pounds of turkey consumed by the typical American in one year.

110

Degrees Fahrenheit , the minimum setting recommended by the FDA for your water heater if hot, soapy water is to kill bacteria.

76 million

The number of people that get sick each year from food-borne illness according to the CDC.

1.6 million

Number of pounds of sweet potatoes produced in the United States in one year.

8 million

The number of cells that can grow in a 24-hour period from one single bacteria cell.

20

The number of seconds that hands should be washed in hot soapy water before preparing and handling food.

2

The number of hours food can safely remain at room temperature before requiring refrigeration.

144,086

Number of certified organic turkeys on national farmlands.

3

Number of places in the United States named after the holiday's traditional main course. Turkey, Texas, Turkey, La and Turkey, N.C.

82

The number of years the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has marched down Broadway in New York City. This year marks the start of a new tradition with a new parade route.

We hope all our readers have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Take a moment to reflect on all the blessings in your life. We hope we are one among many!


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Comments

  • 16
    Cute idea! I liked this. - 11/30/2009   2:21:26 PM
  • GRANDMO1
    15
    That was a very interesting set of figures.

    I am thankful for my health, family and friends. - 11/30/2009   12:35:02 AM
  • 14
    Thank you for all those facts and figures, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving Down Under, so most of them were new to me. - 11/28/2009   9:17:24 PM
  • 13
    These are great facts and tidbits of information. Thank you! - 11/27/2009   3:09:40 PM
  • TRIGFROST
    12
    I Am Thankful for my eyes, ear, nose, hands, feet. 'Which God created all of them'... I am Thankful for this body "Which I carry around with me everywhere"...
    Have a Wonderful Day -- Walking around... - 11/27/2009   2:36:50 PM
  • 11
    There are so many things to be thankful for. Freedom of worship, a happy home and family. Good health helped with SparkPeople.com Is it great or what? We are a blessed nation, enjoy it, take care of it and be healthy. - 11/27/2009   7:41:56 AM
  • 10
    I am thankful to be able to sit down and eat a wonderful meal with the new love in my life because millions of people everyday go hungry. I am thankful that I can express myself on the computer while half the world lives without technology. I am happy my biggest vice is overindulging in food while thousands suffering heartbreaking addictions to drugs, alcohol and gambling and I can help myself through this site to overcome a bad habit and seek a healthier life. I hope everyone can look for the blessings in their lives today and help a fellow human with their struggle. - 11/27/2009   1:36:55 AM
  • 9
    I THANK GOD FOR ALL THE BLESSING IN MY LIFE.I HAVE ONE SON WHO'S 25.AND HE HAS MADE ME VERY PROUD OF HIM. I HAVE A LOT OF STEP CHILDREN AND ABOUT 19 GRANDCHILDREN ALL TOGETHER AGES FROM 1 YEAR OLD UP TO 11YEARS OLD.AND THEY ARE ALL VERY SPECIAL TO ME.MY BOY FRIEND REALLY TAKES CARE OF ME AND WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN BEING TOGETHER AND DOING THINGS TOGETHER.
    MY FIRST MARRIAGE WAS BAD.ONE GOOD THING THAT CAME FROM IT WAS MY SON JOHN AGE 25.HE IS MY PRIDE AND JOY.SURE WE ALL HAVE ARE UPS AND DOWN. LIFE'S TO SHORT.AND NOW WE ALL ENJOY THE TIME WE GET TO SPEND TOGETHER - 11/26/2009   8:39:11 PM
  • 8
    I did not have any turkey today the first time in about 18 years, my brother in law
    is a Greek and they are not too fussy about turkey,but I give thanks anyway,because I am bless with a wonderful family,my side of family and my husband side of family,god has bless me with a wonderful husband and I am very thankful. - 11/26/2009   6:33:21 PM
  • MCREWE
    7
    Happy American Thanksgiving from your friends in Canada! - 11/26/2009   4:16:39 PM
  • 6
    that's interesting, thing one never thinks of - 11/26/2009   1:16:17 PM
  • 5
    Our blessings are many. Give thanks. - 11/26/2009   12:22:23 PM
  • JUHOEG
    4
    Happy Thanksgiving to all - 11/26/2009   11:58:38 AM
  • MIKE-C1
    3
    Wow, 13 pounds of turkey in one year. That's a lot of turkey. After today I'm going to pass on the turkey for awhile. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    - 11/26/2009   11:28:01 AM
  • 2
    The new Parade Route is because they won't have any TURNS that can hit street lights and injure anyone in the crowd and get sued. Happy Thanksgiving. - 11/26/2009   11:15:23 AM
  • 1
    I thank God for all the blessings he has bestowed on me in the last couple of years and for looking after me when I was in danger. I also thank God for blessing me with 2 children when I didn't think they would be born. I also give thanks to spark people for allowing us to be able to lose weight and be healthy again and to all the coaches and spark guy. - 11/26/2009   11:09:36 AM

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