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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

For 22 years, Brandon was a fat kid living in Tucson, AZ, which gave him lots and lots of time to write. He now works at a magazine in New York City, but still loves writing almost as much as he loves muffins.

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