Thanksgiving is incomplete without equal parts gratitude, history and food coma.

Certain legends have morphed into fiction and the origins of the meal itself can become as opaque as a tasty bowl of mashed potatoes. If you've ever wondered how Thanksgiving came to be or who established its date, you're in luck. We've rounded up some perfect tidbits to slip into Thanksgiving dinner conversation.

Check out the slideshow above for 20 things you didn't know about Thanksgiving.

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