By the numbers
Friday, October 22, 2004
The history, statistics of the holiday
November starts with dessert—all the leftover Halloween candy waiting the next morning.
The main course comes toward the end of the month, on the fourth Thursday, Thanksgiving, a time to feast and give new thought to your reasons to be thankful.
383 Number of years since the first American Thanksgiving (if you accept historians who say it started in 1621 at Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts).
385 Number of years since the first American Thanksgiving (if you accept historians who say it started in 1619 at the Berkeley Plantation near Richmond, Va.).
463 Number of years since the first American Thanksgiving (if you accept historians who say it started in 1541 when explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s expedition stopped in a canyon near what is now El Paso, Texas, for a eucharistic mass to give thanks).
0 Number of women who sat down to eat with the men at Pilgrim dinners (the women served the men, waited for the men to eat, then sat down to eat what was left).
4 Percent of Americans who think Thanksgiving commemorates “the defeat of the Canadians,” according to a survey.
2 Number of towns in the United States named Turkey—Turkey, Texas (population 494) and Turkey, N.C. (population 262).
13.6 Number of pounds of turkey eaten by the average American each year.
20 Number of miles an average adult would have to run to burn off the calories of an average Thanksgiving Dinner. 4 Minimum number of inches a raw cranberry should bounce if it is properly ripe.
773-247-3663 Number to call at the Chicago Greater Food Depository if you want to help the hungry have more to be thankful for at Thanksgiving.