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Happy Halloween

Halloween is upon us, as is the annual loss of Daylight Savings Time – an extra hour of sleep!. Dating back thousands of years, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities, such as costumes, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns.  Take a look at”Halloween by the numbers” brought to you by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know that 50,900 acres of pumpkins were harvested in the U.S. in 2013, with a total estimated production value of $149.9 million? New York state ranked 5th in pumpkin production. All this and more at the Census Bureau website

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving break will soon be here, so it’s time to reprise our annual Thanksgiving post.

We tend to think of American Thanksgiving as a harvest celebration dating back to Plymouth Colony, but it was created by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 as a national day of thanksgiving (See Statutes at Large vol. 13, appendix, p. 749; also online at Library of Congress). It was under Roosevelt (FDR) that Thanksgiving became the fourth Thursday of the month (see Statutes at Large vol. 55, p. 862), not meandering between the fourth and the fifth, in order to increase time to shop. So I guess we have him to “thank” for Black Friday!

For fun facts about Thanksgiving, go to the U.S. Census Bureau website. For example, it is expected that 254 million turkeys will be raised in the U.S. this year, with Minnesota leading the way, with an estimated 46 million. However, that won’t be enough to fill our needs for the entire year. Between Jan and July 2011, we imported $12.1 million worth of live turkeys, primarily from Canada. And those numbers pale in comparison to sweet potato production – 2.7 billion (yes, billion!) pounds

Linda Zellmer of Western Illinois University has created a poster with maps of the production in the U.S. of various Thanksgiving foods. Check it out: Where does Thanksgiving Grow

And, finally, if you are traveling, travel safe, both leaving and coming back!

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

A reprise of our traditional (hopefully) post about Thanksgiving.

Soon many of you will be fleeing campus to the comfort of home and the traditional American Thanksgiving feast. Although we tend to think of Thanksgiving as a harvest celebration dating back to Plymouth Colony, it was actually created by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 (See Statutes at Large vol. 13, appendix, p. 749; also online at Library of Congress). It was under Roosevelt (FDR) that Thanksgiving became the fourth Thursday of the month (see Statutes at Large vol. 55, p. 862), not meandering between the fourth and the fifth, in order to increase time to shop. So I guess we have him to “thank” for Black Friday!

For fun facts about Thanksgiving, go to the U.S. Census Bureau website. For example, it is expected that 248 million (yes, million) turkeys will be raised in the U.S. this year, with Minnesota leading the way, with an estimated 46.5 million. However, that won’t be enough to fill our needs for the entire year. Between Jan and July 2011, we imported $7.8 million worth of live turkeys, primarily from Canada.

Interested in knowing where all that traditional Thanksgiving food comes from? Check out the Where does Thanksgiving Grow poster (created by Linda Zellmer of Western Illinois University), with maps of the production in the U.S. of various Thanksgiving foods. And, finally, if you are traveling, travel safe, both leaving and coming back! Yumm, visions of pumpkin pie!!!!

Thanksgiving fun facts

Soon many of you will be fleeing campus to the comfort of home and the traditional American Thanksgiving feast. Although we tend to think of Thanksgiving as a harvest celebration dating back to Plymouth Colony, it was actually created by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 (See Statutes at Large vol. 13, appendix, p. 749; also online at Library of Congress). It was under Roosevelt (FDR) that Thanksgiving became the fourth Thursday of the month (see Statutes at Large vol. 55, p. 862), not meandering between the fourth and the fifth, in order to increase time to shop. So I guess we have him to “thank” for Black Friday!

For fun facts about Thanksgiving, go to the U.S. Census Bureau website. For example, Minnesota is tops in raising turkeys, with an estimated 47 million (yes, million) forecasted for 2010. Intersted in knowing where all that traditional Thanksgiving food comes from? Check out the Where does Thanksgiving go poster (created by Linda Zellmer of Western Illinois University), with maps of the production in the U.S. of various Thanksgiving foods.

And, finally, if you are traveling, travel safe, both leaving and coming back!

Yumm, visions of pumpkin pie!!!!