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Turkey Day Trivia

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  • What year was the celebration that is most commonly considered to be the first Thanksgiving?
    1721
    1621
    1821
  • What Thanksgiving food has the nickname "bounceberry?"
    Cranberries
  • Name something that was served at the Peanuts Thanksgiving feast?
    Toast, jelly beans, popcorn, pretzel sticks...
  • Which state raises the most turkeys?
    Minnesota
  • What is a female turkey called?
    Hen
  • Before the Pilgrims came to the American colonies, which country did they flee to?
    Holland
    Scotland
    Italy
  • What meat did the native Americans bring to the first Thanksgiving?
    Deer / Venison
  • Who was the early American "founding father" who thought the national bird should be a turkey instead of an eagle?
    Ben Franklin
  • What is traditionally sprinkled on top of the green bean casserole on Thanksgiving?
    Fried onions
  • What kind of a table is the Thanksgiving feast served on in a Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving?
    Ping Pong table
  • Who is the guest of honor that appears at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade?
    Santa Claus
  • Was turkey served at the first Thanksgiving?
    No
  • True or False: Wild turkeys sleep in trees.
    True
  • Before the Thanksgiving parade featured giant balloons, what was the big attraction?
    Live animals from a zoo.
  • True or False: Thanksgiving is always celebrated on November 25 or 27th.
    False. It is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How long did the first Thanksgiving last?
    3 days
    7 days
    1 day
  • 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 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.)
  • What show is this scene from?
    Friends
  • What two NFL teams always play on Thanksgiving?
    Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys
  • 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.
  • In what city is the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Day parade?
    New York City
  • 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 are baby turkeys called?
    Pults or turkeylings
  • What is the wobbly red piece of flesh on top of the beak of a turkey?
    Wattle
  • Who was the first president to proclaim that there should be a day of Thanksgiving?
    George Washington
  • 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. 
  • Which Christmas movie features a dog eating the turkey dinner at the end of the movie?
    A Christmas Story
  • True or False: Only female turkeys make the "gobble" sound.
    False. Only males.