248 million–The number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2011.
2.4 billion pounds–The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2010.*
For more Thanksgiving fun facts, see the following links:
Profile America: Facts for Features—Thanksgiving Day
U.S. Census Bureau Multimedia Gallery—Thanksgiving
National Archives, Center for Legislative Archives— Congress Establishes Thanksgiving
Aristotle’s Thanksgiving –Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz
* United States Census Bureau <http://www.census.gov>