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Are you up on your Thanksgiving trivia?

Thanksgiving_first_112212_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey is one of the top cranberry growing states in the nation. Cranbury Township can be found in Middlesex County.

Wait, there’s more. The U.S. Census Bureau said Cranberry Township of Butler County, Pennsylvania had a population of 28,251 in 2010, while Cranberry Township in Venango County, Pennsylvania, is home to 6,647.

The familiar story of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. And the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 114.7 million American households are likely to celebrate the holiday today. But there are a lot more facts about Thanksgiving that are often overlooked.

Elsewhere for those who might be traveling, according to Yahoo! News, there are 37 places and townships in the United States named Plymouth. The Census Bureau informs us that Plymouth, Minnesota has the highest population among the Plymouths with 71,561 residents, while Plymouth, Mass., had 56,767 residents. Pilgrim Township can be found in Dade County, Missouri.

And Thanksgiving would be a good day to visit Turkey, Texas, which has a population of 465. History.com also recommends Turkey Creek, Louisiana, with 363 people, Turkey Creek, Arizona containing 294 people, or perhaps Turkey, North Carolina, with a population of 270.

The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade happened in New York in 1924. It was originally called Macy's Christmas Parade — to mark the Christmas shopping season. That would have to be held in mid-summer these days. But the first parade featured animals from the Central Park Zoo.

Minnesota is the leading turkey-producing state in the U.S. raising 46 million of the birds this year. The Department of Agriculture estimates that U.S. farmers will raise 254 million turkeys in 2012.

According to Yahoo! Shine, the average American eats between 3,000 to 5,000 calories at their Thanksgiving dinner. It turns out the item that does the most damage to your waistline is pecan pie. Each piece is said to be worth 503 calories.

But go ahead and have another slice. Pecan pie includes omega-3s, and pecans contain zinc, which may fight colds, along with more antioxidants than other tree nuts.

By the way, three average-size glasses contain 382 calories. I’m not sure who is defining “average size."

 

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