Turkey: Our Favorite Type of Viral


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Turkey: Our Favorite Type of Viral

It starts in 1621
With 53 pilgrims[3]
And 90 Native Americans

Gov. William Bradford sent 4 men to hunt birds
Wampanoag Indians contributed 5 deer.

Three days of feasting saw more venison than turkey.[2]
Meal: Goose, Swan, Duck, Venison, Lobster, Shellfish, Alcohol, Pumpkin

Sailing to a new land:
One supertanker can hold 10,000x the Nina, Santa Maria, or Pinta

We eat 61% of a supertanker worth of Turkeys on Thanksgiving

Yearly: [5]
With well over a supertanker of green beans
Another of pumpkin
And almost three supertankers of sweet potatoes

That ain’t your typical pilgrims fare!

With 108% of the 70’s turkey consumption today
We eat 16 lbs of turkey per person a year
Top producers:

[state, millions of turkeys]
Minnesota: 46
North Carolina: 36
Arkansas: 29
Missouri: 18
Virginia 17
Indiana: 17
California: 16

Everything’s bigger in turkey

53.5 million spectators watch the annual Macy’s Day Parade[6]
Requiring 300,000 cubic feet of helium to stay afloat[7]

In 2012 President Obama pardoned “Cobbler” a 19 week old, 40 lb turkey. [8]
Every year the president re-proclaims “a day of thanksgiving.” [9]

June is National Turkey Lover’s Month[8]

However you carve it, Turkey is our favorite type of viral.



  1. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/tgcensus01.html
  2. http://www.wickedlocal.com/capecod/visitor_guide/fun/x1945267987/LETS-TALK-TURKEY-5-myths-about-the-Thanksgiving-holiday?img=2
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)
  4. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_barreks_of_oil_does_a_oil_tanker_carry#slide2
  5. http://www.businessinsider.com/thanksgiving-food-statistics-2011-11#106-billion-pounds-8
  6. http://www.history.com/interactives/thanksgiving-by-the-numbers
  7. http://www.livescience.com/10300-helium-needed-fill-macy-parade-balloons.html
  8. http://americanhistory.about.com/od/holidays/a/thanksgiving_ff.htm
  9. https://ntuf.memberclicks.net/assets/documents/PublicRelations/2012%20annual%20report%20final.pdf