1. The tradition is actually not that old. President George H.W. Bush was the first to offer a turkey an official pardon on Nov. 14, 1989, after years of the White House doing the opposite — most past presidents ate the official White House turkeys instead of rescuing them.
2. The first female turkey to be pardoned received the reprieve from President George W. Bush in 2002.
3. The first birds to be pardoned were sent to the ironically named “Frying Pan Farm Park” in Herndon, Va., to live out their days.
4. Last year, the turkeys got to spend the night before their pardon at the W Hotel near the White House.
5. From 2005 to 2009, the turkeys were flown to either Disneyland or Disney World to be the grand marshal of the Thanksgiving Day parade.
BACK IN THE DAY
History Repeats Itself (Sort of)
Thanksgivukkah may be new to us, but it’s not new. With the help of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, we uncovered a Nov. 26, 1888, Washington Post article about that year’s confluence of holidays, when apparently the measure of a successful celebration was whether or not one contracted typhoid. Yikes. Here’s hoping for zero mentions of the ’phoid in this year’s stories, one of which you’ll find right here by Express.
“The Lincoln Memorial was hit by gunfire during WWII. I thought this hadn’t happened; the truth had lived on in the collective consciousness.”
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