Here's some random Thanksgiving trivia for you . . . arm yourself, and bust it out when there's a lull in dinner conversation and a debate about gay marriage is about to break out.
1. This is the 150th anniversary of Thanksgiving. Yes, the FIRST Thanksgiving happened in 1621 . . . 392 years ago. But Thanksgiving wasn't OFFICIALLY an American holiday until President Lincoln made it one in 1863.
2. Thanksgiving is on Thursday because . . . that day seemed like it was the most wide open. There's no real significance to Thursday, people just didn't have much going on.
3. The woman who pushed Thanksgiving from an informal tradition into a holiday was Sarah Hale from New Hampshire. She was an author . . . who also wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Yes, one woman is responsible for both.
4. Did you know turkeys CAN'T HAVE SEX? Today's turkeys have been bred for meat, so they're TOO FAT TO HUMP . . . and now they're all artificially inseminated.
5. To date, there have officially been FOUR DEATHS and 64 INJURIES during Black Friday sales. There's a website called BlackFridayDeathCount.com that will update those numbers in real time this year. (MNN / The Wire)