November 24, 2009
NOTE FROM CHRIS:
Today’s BRAND NEW list was compiled
from submissions carefully crafted by you,
our lovely and talented ClubTop5 members.
The Top 15 Little-Known Facts About Thanksgiving
15> The first turkey dressing occurred because the Pilgrims were
such prigs, the “nude” turkey was roasted in an actual dress.
14> The Pilgrims had a completely different meaning for the phrase
“stuffing your bird.”
13> The native women’s habit of walking around half-naked caused
many Pilgrim teenagers to remain seated at the table until
very late in the evening.
12> First choice of name for the holiday — “Gorge ‘n’ Puke Day”
— was deemed a little extreme by church leaders.
11> The first Indian corn casserole was made with real Indians.
10> The wide leather belts worn by the Pilgrims weren’t actually
leather, but rubber, invented by Myles Standish so he wouldn’t
need to unbuckle after the feast.
9> The First Thanksgiving dinner contained no meat as the
most influential Pilgrims were vegetarians. At the second
Thanksgiving, *they* were eaten by the others, and meat
was acceptable fare again.
8> The term “scalping tickets” was coined at the first
Thanksgiving Football game between the Redskins and Patriots.
7> Prior to the current tradition of the president pardoning a
turkey at the White House, custom required the Secretary of
Agriculture to kill the bird with his bare hands.
6> The word “Thanksgiving” was derived from the full name of
the famous forefather who started it all, Hank Skiffing.
5> The first box of Stovetop Stuffing just sat on the Pilgrims’
table, as if it were waiting for something.
4> The average turducken is less than three percent turd.
3> The popular “pop-up turkey timer” was based on an embarrassing
incident involving Myles Standish and a felted beaver hat.
2> The tradition of dressing up as Pilgrims and Indians started
in 1621 with the musicians hired to entertain at the dinner.
They also had a cop, a construction worker and a biker, but
no one knew what those costumes were, so those were abandoned
and Topfive.com’s Number 1 Little-Known Fact About Thanksgiving…
1> Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey
on Thanksgiving. That’s enough tryptophan to make
Amy Winehouse blink heavily for 10 seconds.
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