Impress your dinner guests with these surprising stories, from how eels were served at the first Thanksgiving to the time that Mikhail Gorbachev cut a Pizza Hut ad on Thanksgiving Day.
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In the runup to the Civil War, there was strong resistance in the South toward Thanksgiving itself.
The author of the children’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was persistent in arguing that establishing the national November holiday could help heal wounds from the Civil War.
Before trick-or-treating came along, there was “Thanksgiving masking” and “Ragamuffin Day.”
This was, first lady Grace Coolidge later wrote, “no ordinary raccoon.”
Before Friendsgiving, there was Franksgiving.
Come on a trip through America’s second-most absurd tradition, right after the Electoral College.
In 1997, the former Soviet leader needed money, and Pizza Hut needed a spokesman. Greatness ensued.
How John Hughes made a 1987 buddy comedy/road movie that doubles as a rare Turkey Day classic.