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Everyone knows the basic plot to the first Thanksgiving. Excuse me while I recap your third grade education.
The Pilgrims sailed to the New World on the Mayflower hoping to find religious freedom. After landing in Cape Cod, the English settlers had difficulty adapting to their new surroundings. The first bitter New England winter took the lives of half the original passengers. With dwindling supplies and options, the Pilgrims made an alliance with the nearby Wampanoag Indians, who taught the Pilgrims how to use the land to yield crops. That fall, the Pilgrims harvested their first successful corn crop, so they hosted a three-day feast with the Native Americans to celebrate.
You hear this same story every year, but what about the facts you don’t know about Thanksgiving? We’ve compiled a list of lesser known trivia about the turkey eating holiday that’ll make you a hit come Thanksgiving dinner or at least, allow you to avoid talking to your relatives.
Here are 10 facts you didn’t know about Thanksgiving.