The Fascinating History Behind 5 of the Most Beloved Thanksgiving Day Traditions

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3 Million People Expected To Attend NYC Thanksgiving Parade.

Security will be tight this year, following the Paris attacks, with a record number of police officers patrolling, the city has said. Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that is filled with countless traditions that are widely shared by millions of Americans, but how much do you really know about the history behind some of the most common and revered customs? City officials have said there are no known, credible threats against New York following the recent attacks in Paris and a video purportedly produced by ISIS that contained video clips of Times Square. But Police Commissioner William Bratton said more than 2,500 officers will be stationed along the parade route for the Thanksgiving Day festivities — the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event. “I think people are coming here from all over the city, all over the metropolitan region, all over the country to be a part of this parade,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference Wednesday night. “We cannot let the terrorists succeed at psychological warfare. … They’re doing what they do to try and create fear, to try and change us.” Thousands of people gathered in Manhattan on Wednesday night to watch as the large, character balloons that have become a staple in the parade were inflated. I’ll be watching from The Guardian’s New York base in downtown Manhattan, along with an estimated 3 million people lining the streets of Manhattan and the millions watching from home while peeling potatoes and prepping the pies.

Enjoy them, below: A definitive history is difficult to pin down, but many historians believe the bird didn’t actually enjoy a place at the original Thanksgiving feast between the Pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621. Here at the Guardian we’re very thankful for our colleagues this year, especially the new arrivals who will be celebrating their first Thanksgiving. The Oregonian noted that, while we can’t be sure of when the turkey came into the mix, there is one key figure who advocated for the bird to be served on Thanksgiving — Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879). Not only did Hale, a well-known writer (she penned “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” among other works), urge families to adopt certain foods like turkey, but she was also the driving force behind pushing the U.S. government to adopt Thanksgiving as an official holiday. Considering that sugar — a key component of cranberry sauce — was a luxury item when the first Thanksgiving unfolded, the jam was likely pretty expensive at the time.

It’s unclear when the sauce was even created, although Mental Floss claimed that it was in 1663 — decades after the supposed first Thanksgiving — that people began commenting about a sweet sauce that was made from cranberries. But if you’re thinking about the modern-day canned cranberry sauce that many revere today, that’s actually brought to you by Ocean Spray, a company that began selling the product in the early 1900s. Then, family members battle it out for the opportunity to crack it in half — and whomever gets the bigger piece assumes that his or her secret wish will be granted. Mental Floss explained that this tradition actually dates back thousands of years and that it comes from a variety of ancient civilizations who passed it on to one another — and eventually to Americans. “The custom of snapping these bones in two after dinner came to us from the English, who got it from the Romans, who got it from the Etruscans, an ancient Italian civilization,” Mental Floss explained.

In order for all these air-balls to not just fall down on the ground, they must have more collisions in the upward direction than the downward direction. While most Americans tune in on television, millions of others flock to the streets in New York City each year to experience the procession in person.

Rather than using giant floats, live animals from Central Park Zoo were marched through New York City’s streets, a Macy’s history timeline recounts. The only way to make the vertical forces cancel is if the net upward force from the air pushing on the air-block is equal in magnitude to the gravitational weight of the air.

When WWII ended, though, the tradition simply grew in popularity, with Macy’s claiming that up to 3.5 million people now arrive in person to see the floats each year, with an additional 50 million watching on their television screens. As much as Thanksgiving is about acknowledging what one has been given, it is also about tuning in — or even playing — one of the nation’s most popular sports. According to The Pro Football Hall of Fame, Thanksgiving Day football was once a tradition among colleges and high schools, but that practice has since subsided and the NFL has picked up the torch. In this Dec. 10, 1989, file photo, Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Troy Aikman is unable to get a pass off as he is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles’ Reggie White during the first half of NFL football game in Philadelphia. The Eagles-Cowboys game on Thanksgiving in 1989 was known as the “bounty bowl”, when a Cowboys player said the Eagles had bounties out on Troy Aikman. (Credit: AP Photo/Brad Bower) The team’s owner, George A.

If you consider a 75 kg human to have a density near that of water (1000 kg/m3) this would give a body volume of just 0.075 m3 and a buoyancy force of 0.882 Newtons (0.2 pounds). The Lions played the Chicago Bears in a duel that inevitably attracted 26,000 people to the University of Detroit Stadium, selling out two weeks before the game. This means that if I increase the radius of a balloon by a factor of 10, the volume will increase by 1000 but maybe the mass of the shell only increases by 100.

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