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Turkey Day Trivia

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  • Who is the guest of honor that appears at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade?
    Santa Claus
  • Who was the early American "founding father" who thought the national bird should be a turkey instead of an eagle?
    Ben Franklin
  • Which state raises the most turkeys?
    Minnesota
  • What year was the celebration that is most commonly considered to be the first Thanksgiving?
    1721
    1821
    1621
  • Before the Pilgrims came to the American colonies, which country did they flee to?
    Scotland
    Holland
    Italy
  • What meat did the native Americans bring to the first Thanksgiving?
    Deer / Venison
  • True or False: The first "TV Dinners" were the mistake when someone ordered  too many turkeys.
    True! 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. The 98-cent meals were a hit.
  • What culture produced the idea of the cornucopia, the horn of plenty?
    The Greek Culture: With one origin story having baby Zeus breaking off a horn from a divine goat that was suckling him. 
  • A turkey's poop can identify its gender.
    True: One certain way to find out is by checking their droppings. A male’s poop will be shaped like the letter J, while the female’s is more spiral-shaped.
  • What is the wobbly red piece of flesh on top of the beak of a turkey?
    Wattle
  • True or False: Thanksgiving is always celebrated on November 25 or 27th.
    False. It is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
  • What are baby turkeys called?
    Pults or turkeylings
  • What are most turkey feathers used for after the turkey is plucked?
    They are ground up and used in feed for cows (because they are high in protein.)
  • True or False: Wild turkeys sleep in trees.
    True
  • True or False: Turkeys who are pardoned at the White House are featured as the main course at the presidential Thanksgiving meal.
    False. To pardon means to forgive. They are NOT eaten and they are sent to zoos or historical grounds.
  • What show is this scene from?
    Friends
  • Before the Thanksgiving parade featured giant balloons, what was the big attraction?
    Live animals from a zoo.
  • In what city is the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Day parade?
    New York City
  • What is traditionally sprinkled on top of the green bean casserole on Thanksgiving?
    Fried onions
  • Which president proclaimed that Thanksgiving should be an annual holiday?
    Abraham Lincoln
  • True or False: Turkeys do not fly.
    False. Some wild turkeys have been known to fly 55 mph in short bursts.
  • What two NFL teams always play on Thanksgiving?
    Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys
  • Name something that was served at the Peanuts Thanksgiving feast?
    Toast, jelly beans, popcorn, pretzel sticks...
  • True or False: Only female turkeys make the "gobble" sound.
    False. Only males.
  • What is a female turkey called?
    Hen
  • Was turkey served at the first Thanksgiving?
    No
  • Why don't the turkeys being rasied for food fly away? Why can't they fly?
    They are bred to be fat. They can't fly with that much added weight.
  • How long did the first Thanksgiving last?
    7 days
    1 day
    3 days
  • What kind of a table is the Thanksgiving feast served on in a Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving?
    Ping Pong table
  • Who was the first president to proclaim that there should be a day of Thanksgiving?
    George Washington