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Thanksgiving 2017 by the numbers

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Did you know that 1989 was the first year in which a turkey was officially pardoned by a sitting president? Learn this -- and other fun facts about Thanksgiving -- in the article below. (iStock)

On Thursday, Americans will sit down to eat turkey, watch football and give thanks for what they have been blessed with over the past year. Here are some Thanksgiving Day fun facts to share with your relatives around the dinner table.

396: The number of years ago the first Thanksgiving took place, in Nov. 1621. The Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians gathered in Plymouth (located in what is now Massachusetts), mostly to feast on seafood, not turkey.

154: The number of years ago President Abraham Lincoln first established Thanksgiving as an annual holiday, in 1863.

$49.12: Average cost of a Thanksgiving Day feast for 10 people, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

23 percent: How much cheaper a Thanksgiving feast is today than in 1986, adjusted for inflation.

1989: First year a turkey was officially pardoned, which was done by President George H.W. Bush at the time.

34,760 pounds: Amount of turkey that troops and civilians stationed overseas ate on Thanksgiving last year, in addition to 32,550 pounds of beef, 21,450 pounds of ham, 28,980 pounds of shrimp, 9,114 pounds of stuffing, and 879 gallons of eggnog. That's according to Pentagon Spokesman Peter Cook (fitting last name alert).

45 million: Number of turkeys killed every year for Thanksgiving, according to PETA. According to the Census Bureau, 243 million turkeys were raised in the U.S. in 2016.

8.1 billion: Number of calories consumed by Americans at Thanksgiving every year, assuming all 45 million turkeys eaten were 180 calorie-per-serving Butterball turkeys.

4,500: According to the Calorie Control Council, the number of calories in a typical Thanksgiving meal, including appetizers, drinks, and desserts.

32 miles: How many miles an American male would have to run to burn off 4,500 calories, assuming he is of average weight (195.5 pounds) and running one mile every 11 minutes and 30 seconds. In other words, if a man were to run a marathon after a Thanksgiving meal, he still wouldn't burn off the calories he consumed.

9 percent: How many Americans eat their Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant.

47 percent: Fraction of Americans who say apple pie is in their top three favorite types of pie. About 37 percent say pumpkin pie is one of their top three.

51 million: How many Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving, with 3.95 million flying to their destination.

800: Number of people who died from 2012 to 2016 in alcohol-related driving crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday. Drink responsibly and drive carefully! Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday on the road, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

1,400: Number of football-related "Turkey Bowl" injuries on Thanksgiving Day 2016 that required an emergency room trip. That's up from the 2016 daily average of 1,000 football-related ER visits, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

.494: The Detroit Lions' winning percentage in Thanksgiving Day football games. 2017 will be the 73rd year in a row the Lions host an NFL game on Thanksgiving Day.

27.9 million: How many viewers on average, watched each Thanksgiving Day NFL game in 2016.

3.5 million: Number of people who line the streets of Manhattan to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

$608.06: Of course, Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday. On average, consumers say they will spend $608.06 on gifts this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.

4: Number of U.S. locales named after turkey: Turkey Creek, La., Turkey, Texas, Turkey Creek, Ariz., and Turkey, N.C. Surprisingly, there are seven locales named after cranberry.