Five Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

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What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

Think you might need a few conversation starters this holiday season?

Check out a few things you didn’t know about Thanksgiving and stock up on some interesting tidbits to share during the feast.

Campbell’s Casserole

Campbell’s soup company made a pretty smart marketing move when they invented the classic green bean casserole. The recipe became a Thanksgiving tradition for many. Now Campbell’s makes about $20 million each Thanksgiving season just on cream of mushroom soup sales alone.

Turn On the Set!

Give thanks to Thanksgiving for being the inspiration behind the first TV dinners. In 1953, an employee at Swanson ordered too much turkey and had about 26 extra tons leftover. Another innovative employee ordered some trays, hired some people to help portion turkey and potatoes, and the TV dinner was born.

If You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go

Black Friday is not only a busy day for shoppers, it’s a busy day for plumbers, too. The busiest, in fact. If you’re stuffing all of your guests with delicious food, someone has to be there to help out when the plumbing gets overwhelmed!

Dear Butterball …

Butterball Turkey launched their hotline, Turkey-Talk, in 1981. Operators stand by during the Thanksgiving season to provide moral support—and good advice—to those with cooking woes.

Fleece as White as Mashed Potatoes

The author of the famed nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is to thank for making Thanksgiving official. Thanks to relentless letters from magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, Abe Lincoln finally declared it a national holiday.