What do you know about Thanksgiving?
What do you know about Thanksgiving?
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You may think of it as a day for feasting and football, but it's so much more. We're betting you'll learn a thing or two about this annual day devoted to giving thanks.
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Q: The first Thanksgiving dinner was in Plymouth Colony in 1621. Which of the following may have been on the menu?
A food historian at Plimoth Plantation, an oddly spelled living history museum, says little is known about the actual menu, but that venison was definitely served, and swan and passenger pigeon were abundant and very likely on the menu.
- Passenger pigeon
- All of the above
Q: What was definitely not on the original menu?
Sweet potatoes were not yet a staple, cranberry sauce required sugar — which was a rare delicacy — and the pilgrims would have eaten pumpkin, but not pumpkin pie.
- Candied sweet potatoes
- Cranberry sauce
- Pumpkin pie
- All of the above
Q: Talk like a pilgrim: Which phrase is NOT how a settler would say, "Hi, how are you?"
While the other three were all common pilgrim greetings, "huzzah" was meant to convey congratulations.
- "How now?"
- "What cheer?"
- "Good morrow"
Q: What item of tableware would not have been at the feast?
There were no forks in New England until the early 1700s; the pilgrims relied on knives and spoons.
- Pewter plates
Q: Ben Franklin once said:
In a letter to his daughter, Franklin wrote, "I wish the Eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country .... the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America."
- Eating pumpkin pie is an act of patriotism.
- The turkey, not the bald eagle, should be the official U.S. bird.
- Thanksgiving should be moved to August so as not to compete with Christmas.
- Turkey grease is the ideal fat for use in soapmaking.
Q: How many turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving each year?
Around 46 million turkeys end up on the Thanksgiving dinner table every year, according to estimates from the National Turkey Federation.
- 14 million
- 22 million
- 35 million
- 46 million
Q: What makes people so sleepy after the turkey feast?
Contrary to popular opinion, the amount of tryptophan in most turkeys isn't enough to make you drowsy. Experts blame booze, excess carbohydrates, and a relaxed holiday mood for post-supper sleepiness.
- Tryptophan in the turkey
- Exhaustion from cooking all day
- Tedious conversation with boring family members
- None of the above
Q: How many cranberries were harvested in the U.S. in 2012?
The country harvested around 8 million barrels of cranberries. More than half of the nation’s cranberries are grown in Wisconsin, followed by Massachusetts.
- 2 million barrels
- 6 million barrels
- 8 million barrels
- 10 million barrels
Q: How did sweet potatoes ever end up with marshmallows?
The first documented use was a recipe booklet by Angelus Marshmallows in 1917 to encourage home cooks to embrace the confection as an everyday ingredient.
- A happy accident in the Kraft test kitchen
- A home cook's crazy idea that caught on
- An early marshmallow company's marketing ploy
- A parenting group's recommendation to get kids to eat vegetables
Q: Growers can tell if a cranberry is ripe by the following test:
Growers sort berries by letting them bounce over a wooden barrier. If the berry is old or damaged, it won’t bounce over the barrier.
- Drop it; if it bounces, it's ripe.
- Put it in a glass of water; if it floats, it's ripe.
- Roll it on a flat surface; if it rolls straight, it's ripe.
- Squeeze it; if it's slightly soft, it's ripe.
Q: Who were the original marchers In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The earliest incarnation of the event starred the denizens of the nearby zoo, but balloons replaced the animals in 1927. Afterwards, the balloons were set free and gifts were given to those who found and returned them.
- Costumed puppeteers
- Schoolchildren from the metropolitan area
- Animals from the Central Park Zoo
- Merchandisers from the 34th Street store
Q: Every Thanksgiving, two live turkeys are presented to the president for a pardon. Where do they go afterwards?
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Since 2010, the lucky birds have taken up residence at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. However, since they are not "historically accurate," they are kept out of public view.
- The Smithsonian National Petting Zoo
- Boca Raton, Fla.
- George Washington's Mount Vernon
- The Fortunate Fowl sanctuary in Palmdale, Calif.
Q: Where does the cornucopia symbol originate?
While in hiding, Zeus was nurtured by a goat whose horn he broke off. To atone for the mishap, he promised that the horn would always be full.
- From the pilgrims' horn-shaped baskets for fruits and vegetables
- From an old English tradition of rolling papers into a cone for storing food
- From a medieval wive's tale about filling shoes with nuts
- From the mythological goat that nurtured the god Zeus
Q: We can thank Thanksgiving for the invention of:
The first TV dinners were made by Swanson in 1955 when faced with 260 tons of frozen Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. An ad campaign tied the dinner invention to the latest craze, watching TV, and the rest is history.
- Pillsbury Poppin’ Fresh biscuits
- TV dinners
- Jell-O pudding
- Instant mashed potatoes
Q: The day after Thanksgiving was first named Black Friday in 1966 because:
The Philadelphia Police Department named it such because of massive traffic jams, overcrowded sidewalks and shoplifters; they hoped that the negative connotation might deter shoppers.
- It was such a chaotic shopping day that police and bus drivers gave it a dark name.
- Family breadwinners lamented the inevitable shopping expenditures.
- It was the day retailers turned a profit and went "into black."
- Stores opened so early that it was still dark out.
Well, thanks for trying!Well, be grateful that you didn't completely fail.Give thanks for your Thanksgiving smarts!Gratitude becomes you!
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