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Does Turkey Really Make Us Sleepy? Not really. Trytophan does make us tired and it is in turkey. But more of it can be found in soybeans, parmesan and pork. So what is to blame for the post-meal coma? Well, it could be the quantity of food over-consumed. The huge serving of dessert could have an effect. Or it could be the amount of booze drunk midday.

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It has been claimed again and again that the night before Thanksgiving is the biggest drinking night of the year -- beating out New Years Eve and St. Patricks Day. Why? It is the number one evening where people return home and reunite with their high school buddies. Or possibly the anxiety of being surrounded by family drives some to drink.

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The first Thanksgiving most likely did not involve cranberry sauce. While there was a plethora of cranberries for the Pilgrims to feast on (being one of the few fruits native to North America), sugar was a luxury and was reportedly scarce at the time.

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Have Turkey, Stuffing And Football Always Gone Hand In Hand?

Not quite. It all started in 1934, when the Detroit Lions was bought by G.A. Richards. Trying to build up the fan base for the team, he scheduled a game for Thanksgiving Day to play the Chicago Bears, who at the time were world champions.

The game sold out and was broadcasted live on radio. And with that huge success, the tradition began. Since then, the Detroit Lions have played 67 Thanksgiving games!

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An estimated 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving (the birds weigh, on average, 16 pounds). That is more than double the amount eaten on Christmas (22 million) and Easter (19 million). In 2010, more than 244 million turkeys were raised and about 226 million of those were consumed in the United States.

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Americans ate 690 million pounds of turkey during Thanksgiving 2007. That is equal to the weight of the entire population of Singapore.

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An estimated 248 million turkeys were raised for slaughter in the U.S. during 2011 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's. Last year's birds were worth about U.S. $4.37 billion.

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About 46 million turkeys ended up on U.S. dinner tables last Thanksgiving—or about 736 million pounds of turkey meat, according to estimates from the National Turkey Federation.

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These "big six" states produce two of every three U.S.-raised birds, according to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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U.S. farmers also produced 750 million pounds of cranberries in 2011. The top producers are Wisconsin and Massachusetts

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$52.4 billion was the total money spent by shoppers over the 2011 Black Friday weekend, according to the National Retail Fund.

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Since Harry Truman, every president has pardoned a turkey for Thanksgiving, sparing the bird's life and ensuring that it will spend the duration of its life roaming freely on farmland.

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