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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Every Thanksgiving, two live turkeys are presented to the president for a pardon. Where do they go afterwards?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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