Thanksgiving is not far away. Thanksgiving used to be a holiday I wasn't very enthusiastic about, but it is becoming one of my favorites. You get a really long weekend. You get to eat lots of great food. Usually you're not snowed in. Christmas music goes on the radio the next day, and the Christmas cartoons start showing up on TV. 96% of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Here are a few more fun facts about the holiday.

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Thanksgiving fun facts, according to WalletHub:

  • The tradition of the turkey being pardoned at the White House goes back to 1989, when George H.W. Bush became the first president to "officially pardon" a turkey.
  • The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving Day is 4,500.
  • The Butterball Turkey Hotline (1-800-BUTTERBALL) will answer over 100,000 questions  - some of them very amusing - in November and December.
  • The most popular Thanksgiving foods are: turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie.
  • 83% of Thanksgiving hosts prepare the meal themselves, with no help.
  • 73% of U.S. adults say a fridge full of leftovers is the best reason to host a Thanksgiving meal.
  • The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys have played every Thanksgiving since 1966.
  • 50 million people watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV.