vintage 17 of the Strangest Thanksgiving Traditions Ever  

Jacob Shelton
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If you live in America, your family probably has some sort of Thanksgiving tradition. Maybe you and your mom watch the big game while your dad obsesses over the turkey, or maybe you and your siblings pitch in to make an epic dessert. But not all Thanksgiving traditions happen in the USA. In America, most people make a turkey with stuffing and the works, but in some countries Thanksgiving is celebrated in a cemetery, or by playing drums to a yam. Weird Thanksgiving traditions can take a lot of forms; from dressing up like homeless people and asking for candy, to eating crab instead of turkey. After all it’s not how you celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s who you celebrate it with that counts. We've put together a list of the weirdest Thanksgiving traditions that are bizarre, strange, or downright unheard of. 

One of the most obvious things about old Thanksgiving traditions is that they’re all really weird. At different times in America’s history, people have dressed up in creepy masks, or pretended to be homeless people. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday that’s usually connected to strange celebrations, but after reading this list you’ll see that America’s turkey day really is the epicenter of a lot of weird rituals.

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Pardoning a Turkey

Pardoning a Turkey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 of the Strangest Thanksgiving Traditions Ever
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In 1947, a weird tradition known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation was founded under the Truman administration. However, Ronald Reagan was actually the first present to formally "pardon" one of the turkeys given to him. Truman, Eisenhower, and several other presidents actually ate the turkeys presented to them. In 1988, George H.W. Bush instituted the turkey pardon as a national tradition while he was in office. 

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Frozen Turkey Bowling

Frozen Turkey Bowling is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 of the Strangest Thanksgiving Traditions Ever
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At the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,  their most popular Thanksgiving tradition is an event called Frozen Turkey Bowling where people hurl frozen, oiled-up turkeys down a grocery store aisle at a set of bowling pins. Their event raises money to combat smoking, which is an awesome reason to throw a dead, frozen, bird at a bunch of bowling pins.

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North Tech's Pie Throwing Event

North Tech's Pie Throwing ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 of the Strangest Thanksgiving Traditions Ever
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At the North Technical high school in Missouri, they host an annual event where people throw pies into the faces of their administrators. 

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Ragamuffin Day

Ragamuffin Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 of the Strangest Thanksgiving Traditions Ever
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During the early 20th century, children used to dress down in rags on Thanksgiving, go door to door, and ask, "Anything for Thanksgiving?" They were rewarded with a piece of candy, a penny, or an apple.