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10 Geeky Facts About Thanksgiving

By Brandon Specktor Nov 20, 2012

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7. The Pilgrims, Meanwhile, Maybe Didn't Eat ANY Turkey

There's actually no specific mention of turkey in any of the extant accounts of Thanksgiving 1.0. But, the  diary of early colonist Edward Winslow ("Mourt's Relations: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth") does mention a lot of venison and shellfish. So really, if you want an authentic Winslow-family-Thanksgiving experience this year, hit a buck with mom's minivan, soak the carcass in brine overnight, then contract smallpox. Bon Appétit!

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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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