| 45 sec read | by Doug Marrin, firstname.lastname@example.org |
Thanksgiving is a holiday of numbers – how far we are traveling, how many people are coming, where we fall on the 3,000 – 4,500 calorie continuum for the average Thanksgiving meal. Things like that.
If conversation hits a lull, here’s some useless but fun information about U.S. Thanksgiving stats you can pull up to keep things moving.
46 million: number of turkeys sold | U.S. Egg & Poultry Assoc.
1.15 billion: pounds of turkey sold | U.S. Egg & Poultry Assoc.
21,450: pounds of ham | Washington Examiner
9,114: pounds of stuffing | Washington Examiner
88: percentage of people most thankful for family |Wallethub
77: percentage of people most thankful for health |Wallethub
91: percentage of people making long-distance trips by car | Bureau of Transportation Statistics
214: miles for the average long-distance trip | Bureau of Transportation Statistics
100,000: number of questions fielded by the Butterball Turkey hotline each November and December | Wallethub
53: percentage of people dreading a conversation about politics over Thanksgiving dinner | Wallethub
1.5 billion: pounds of pumpkin produced | Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
4: number of towns named ‘Turkey’ | Wallethub
214 million: pounds of potatoes sold |National Grocers Assoc.
50 million: pounds of sweet potatoes sold | National Grocers Assoc.
30 million: pounds of deli-prepared mashed potatoes | National Grocers Assoc.
37.4 million: dollars spent on gravy and seasoning | National Grocers Assoc.
63: percentage of people having wine with their meal | Wallethub
50 million: number of people watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade | Wallethub
81: number of city trucks filled with sand and salt on the parade site in case of attack | Wallethub
3: NFL games scheduled
55 million: how many people are traveling | AAA
12: percent increase in ER visits around the holidays | Business Insider
49,400: number of drivers seriously injured in Thanksgiving car crashes | Wallethub
433: number car crash fatalities over the weekend | Wallethub
Travel safe and Happy Thanksgiving.