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More Thanksgiving things you need to know from the folks at the Good Housekeeping website:
Question: What percentage of Americans actually eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
If your family goes in a different direction on the big day, you're not alone - but you are definitely in the minority. According to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of Americans chow down on Thanksgiving turkey.
Question: How many grams of fat does the typical American eat on Thanksgiving?
Answer: 229 grams
You might want to put on those stretchy pants before heading to Thanksgiving dinner (as if you needed a warning!) That's about three to four times the amount of fat you should eat in a day. And while this is probably not news to those of us who go for second or third helpings of the big meal, the entire Thanksgiving dinner could total over 3,000 calories. So maybe a walk instead of a nap?
Question: Do turkeys actually gobble?
Answer: Only male turkeys actually gobble
If you learned in preschool that a turkey goes "gobble, gobble," that's only about half true. Only male turkeys — appropriately named gobblers — actually make the sound. Female turkeys cackle instead. So if you're trying to figure out whether a turkey's male or female, just wait until they open their beaks.
Question: According to Americans, what's the best part of Thanksgiving?
Answer: The leftovers
To the fans of the beloved turkey, stuffing and mashed potato leftover sandwich: you're in the majority. Most Americans prefer Thanksgiving leftovers to the actual meal. Almost eight in 10 Americans agree that the second helpings of stuffing, mashed potatoes and, of course, pie beat out the big dinner itself.
Question: How many calls does the Butterball turkey talk line get each year?
So many people roast a big bird just once a year, and understandably need a little help. No question is too silly for the heroes on the other end of the line. In 2016, the company's popular cooking crisis management team also introduced a 24-hour text message line or Butterball turkey talk line for the lead-up to the big day. So if you're wondering why the turkey isn't turning out quite the way you want it, don't panic. Help is just a call or a text message away.
Question: How much pumpkin pie do Americans eat every Thanksgiving?
Answer: An estimated 50 million pumpkin pies are devoured every November.
Some of us consider pumpkin pie a vehicle for whipped topping and could take it or leave it. If you'd also rather leave your pumpkins for Halloween and dig into another Thanksgiving dessert, you're not alone. According to The American Pie Council, more Americans prefer apple pie overall — pumpkin pie only comes in second place.
Question: What is the busiest day of the year for plumbers?
Answer: Black Friday
Thanks to all that food we gobble up on Thanksgiving and houseguests stressing out the plumbing system, Roto-Rooter reports that kitchen drains, garbage disposals and yes, toilets, require more attention the day after Thanksgiving than any other day. Before you have to join the legions paying a hefty holiday bill, you may want to remind your kitchen clean-up crew to scrape the plates before washing