Saying ‘Sayonara’ to November

Hello everybody! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family! Just as October is associated with Halloween and December with any of the various winter holidays, November has become synonymous with Thanksgiving and rightfully so. The holiday we all know and love would become an official holiday in 1941. It’s a time to take a break from all of the havoc in our lives and focus on what we have  and are grateful for. Accordingly, here are some fun Thanksgiving facts to end the month of November!

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  • Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, producing 46.5 million turkeys in 2011. Other turkey-producing states include: North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indiana.
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured over 12 feet long.
  • Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on T.V.? One recurring balloon from the parade is Snoopy, who has appeared in the parade more times than any other character.
  • Fan of pumpkins? You should know that Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and New York are the major pumpkin growing states, producing 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins in 2010.
  • Nearly 88% of Americans said they eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Assuming the average weight of the turkey is 15 pounds, that means nearly 690 million pounds of turkey was consumed during the Thanksgiving of 2007!

After you’ve eaten your gigantic meal, there’s always the day that proceeds this time of gratitude: Black Friday. Most of you already know what Black Friday is: a time where consumerism is kicked up a notch and popular goods such as video games and televisions temporarily decrease in price. It’s a common notion that large retail stores such as Best Buy and Target are extremely crowded during this day, but do you know the specifics of Black Friday? Find out by reading the following facts!

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  • About 135 million people go out and shop on Black Friday each year. That’s almost the entire population of Russia!
  • The average amount of money spent by consumers during Thanksgiving weekend in 2013 was $407.
  • 12% of Black Friday shoppers admitted to being under the influence of alcohol in a survey conducted by RetailMeNot.
  • The following percentages indicate which categories shoppers were most interested in:
    • Electronic Devices– 59% of people
    • DVD & Blu-Ray– 49% of people
    • Clothing– 48% of people
    • Video Games– 45% of people
    • Computers– 44% of people
  • Prior to 2001, Black Friday wasn’t the biggest shopping day of the year. This title was previously held to the day before Christmas.

Hopefully you’ve learned a little more about Thanksgiving and its counterpart Black Friday by reading this article. Speaking of which, how did your Thanksgiving/Black Friday go? Feel free to share your experiences in the comment section below!

Sources:

http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-facts

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/11/black-friday-history-myths-and-facts/

http://time.com/money/3605642/thanksgiving-black-friday-sales-facts/

http://www.latintimes.com/black-friday-facts-2014-6-surprising-details-about-annual-day-sales-275018

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