Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Thanksgiving?: HowStuffWorks
How Much Do You Know About Thanksgiving?
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Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year! Why do we love it? Because we stuff our faces with food! Not only that, but there are certain Thanksgiving traditions that give meaning and happiness to our lives. In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of all things Turkey Day!
Who was rumored to prefer the turkey as the U.S. national bird?
The rumor continues to circulate that Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the U.S. national bird. Although he wrote about his preference for the turkey over the eagle in a private letter, he never made his opinion public.
The date for Thanksgiving was set by whom?
Abe Lincoln first set the date for Thanksgiving - originally the last Thursday in November. Since then it was moved to the fourth Thursday of November, to extend the holiday shopping season.
Thanksgiving is a time for _______ ?
The basic point of Thanksgiving is family reunion and feasting. It is the time that you anticipate (or not) coming together with your family members and being thankful for the good things in life.
Thanksgiving is all about ______ ?
Thanksgiving is a holiday that is all about gratitude. We give thanks for the abundance that we have.
Thanksgiving is known for what?
Thanksgiving Day is known for its parades! The most famous is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the enormous blow-up characters.
What is the typical sauce of Thanksgiving?
Cranberry sauce is THE sauce of Thanksgiving! It's sweet and tart, and goes well with everything. It's often more of a sweet salad than a literal sauce.
What is the official pie of Thanksgiving?
Pumpkin pie is the official pie of Thanksgiving. It also makes for the perfect breakfast the next morning!
You can decorate your Thanksgiving table with what?
Pumpkin, squash and corn are all typical Thanksgiving decorations. Astute quizzers know that pumpkins are actually a type of squash. They are iconic for the autumn season.
The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade included animals from where?
The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, back in 1924, included animals from the Central Park Zoo. Macy's is an iconic department store in NYC.
What games do we watch on Thanksgiving?
Football is the sport of Thanksgiving Day! There are multiple games on, and football-viewing is accompanied by beer.
What was NOT served at the first Thanksgiving?
There was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving! There weren't any forks either!
Who appears in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade?
Santa Claus traditionally makes an appearance at the end of the Thanksgiving Parade. This is to gear us up for Christmas!
In what year did the first Thanksgiving take place?
The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621. It involved 50 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans of the Wampanoag Tribe.
Thanksgiving was the inspiration for what?
Thanksgiving was the inspiration for TV dinners. Swanson had a ton of extra turkey, so they served it with sides and froze it.
When did the NFL and Thanksgiving unite?
In 1920, the NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games. The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted the game for years.
How many turkeys are consumed each year on Thanksgiving?
46 million birds are eaten each year. That's a heck of a lot of turkey!
What does the average turkey on Thanksgiving weigh?
The average turkey on Thanksgiving weighs 15 pounds! That's a pretty good-sized bird.
What is Campbell's biggest seller on Thanksgiving?
Cream of Mushroom Soup is Campbell's biggest Thanksgiving seller. This is ever since they introduced their recipe for green bean casserole in 1954.
What is Turducken?
Yes, turducken actually exists. This popular Thanksgiving food originated in Louisiana.
What percentage of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
According to at least one poll, a whopping 91% of Americans eat turkey on Turkey Day! What happened to the vegetarians?
What's true about stuffing in different parts of the country?
Stuffing, or dressing, is different wherever you go! In the south, cornbread is used, and in the north, white bread is used. The other ingredients vary from there.
On the West Coast, ______ is sometimes used instead of turkey.
It's common in certain parts of the West Coast to use Dungeness Crab as the main dish, in lieu of turkey. This is because crab season starts in November.
Corn can be what color?
Corn comes in a rainbow of colors! Blue and white corn used to be considered sacred. Corn is a symbol of Thanksgiving.
What percentage of American cranberries are eaten on Thanksgiving?
20% of America's cranberries are consumed on Thanksgiving, either fresh or canned. Some people prefer both!
What is sometimes put on yam casserole?
Marshmallows go great with yams! Yam or sweet potato casserole is often baked with marshmallows on top and is quite sweet.
Turkey is not turkey without _____?
Turkey is often covered in gravy! The thickness and consistency of this gravy can really vary.
Each year the president _______ a turkey.
Each year there is a pardoning ceremony where the president lets a turkey live! President Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey named Courage.
What was the first meal in space after walking on the moon?
That's right! Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong ate roasted turkey from packets. Now that's American!
What is a cornucopia?
A cornucopia is a large goat's horn or horn-shaped basket filled with vegetables and fruit. It is a symbol of plenty and a symbol of Thanksgiving.
Aside from the obvious, what's the second most popular Thanksgiving pie?
Pecan pie is the second most popular pie on Thanksgiving. But let's be honest, any pie will be eaten!
Thomas Jefferson said Thanksgiving was what?
That's right. Thomas Jefferson though it ridiculous. But Abraham Lincoln sure didn't think so!
What is the day after Thanksgiving?
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It is when the feverish shopping for Christmas begins!
How many green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving?
There are approximately 40 million green bean casseroles served on Thanksgiving. All of that is thanks to Campbell's.
How many towns in the U.S. are named Turkey?
There are actually three towns in the U.S. named Turkey! There is Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, Louisiana; and Turkey, North Carolina.
What brings you good luck on Thanksgiving?
The wishbone is the source of a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving. The wishbone is found within the turkey, between the neck and breast.
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