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10 Geeky Facts About Thanksgiving

By Brandon Specktor Nov 20, 2012

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4. The "National Turkey Federation" Is Real, and They Say We Ate About 46 Million of 'em Last Thanksgiving

At an average weight of about 16 pounds per uncooked bird, that's about 736,000,000 pounds of one animal consumed in one country in one afternoon. Just for context: At launch, the space Shuttle, twin rocket boosters, and fully-stocked external fuel tank weighs about 4.4 million pounds. America ate 167 fully-fueled space shuttles worth of turkey last turkey day. Think about that.

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Brandon Specktor

Brandon is a writer and humor editor at Reader's Digest magazine. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, and wants to write a paranormal Western that begins, "First the cows turned up dead." What should the rest be about? Tell him on twitter @beardspeck.

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