By the Numbers (Nov. 16)
November 16, 2007
The number of turkeys raised on farms in 2006, four percent more than in 2005. The turkeys are worth a total of 3.5 billion dollars and close to 10 percent of them were raised in Virginia.
p. **54 percent**
The increase in the number of long distance driving trips over the six-day period around Thanksgiving, according to the federal Department of Transportation. Around Christmas and New Year’s, the number of long-distance trips rises 23 percent above normal.
The number of homes that burnt down in 2002 due to improper use of turkey fryers, according Allstate insurance company.
The number of school days that students get off for Thanksgiving break. This has been the same since 2000.