What do you know about Thanksgiving?
Score: 0 15
Question: 0 of 15
Question: 0 of 15
Score: 0 15
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
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
While the other three were all common pilgrim greetings, "huzzah" was meant to convey congratulations.
- "How now?"
- "What cheer?"
- "Good morrow"
There were no forks in New England until the early 1700s; the pilgrims relied on knives and spoons.
- Pewter plates
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
OUR FAVORITE STORIES
MOST POPULAR ON MNN NOW
- 15 words you never knew came from literature
- 11 things humans do that dogs hate
- 10 ways to give without buying stuff
- 10 ways graphene could change the world
- Say what? 11 untranslatable words from other cultures [Infographic]
- 10 natural cough remedies
- Is your goat happy? Here's how you can tell
- Best books of 2014 in conservation photography
- 15 famous people who mysteriously disappeared
- How to prevent mold: 9 tips