Thanksgiving is the same basic thing for millions of American families, but how well do you know your Thanksgiving trivia? PHOTO: Serge Melki, CC License
Thanksgiving is a holiday that everyone knows down to the finer details: the turkey, the unique color mix of sweet potato and marshmallow, the frumpy sweaters your relatives wear. But do you know the finer points behind your delectable, coma-inducing Thanksgiving meal? Take the quiz, then be the person at Thanksgiving dinner armed with all sorts of relevant trivia.
1. Americans are, unsurprisingly, the number one consumers of turkey in the world. Which country is second?
2. One founding father wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. He wrote to his daughter, “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly….[The turkey] , though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on." Who was it?
a. George Washington
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. Alexander Hamilton
d. Benjamin Franklin
3. The U.S. has roughly 314 million people. How many turkeys does the country typically consume on Thanksgiving?
a. 2.8 million
b. 28 million
c. 128 million
d. 280 million
4. Which of these was NOT served at the “First Thanksgiving” in 1621?
5. What year did Thanksgiving become an official U.S. holiday?
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6. Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday in November, but one U.S. president tried to move it to the third Thursday to lengthen the holiday shopping season. Who was it?
a. Franklin D. Roosevelt
b. John F. Kennedy
c. Lyndon B. Johnson
d. George W. Bush
7. Why is the turkey traditionally served on Thanksgiving?
a. The turkey symbolized the autumn harvest for many Native American tribes.
b. The turkey’s strange appearance spurred a belief that they were not a “natural” bird, but rather a gift from God.
c. Turkeys were traditionally given to guests as a sign of peace and friendship.
d. There happened to be a lot of turkeys around in 1621.
ANSWERS: 1) c. France, 2) d. Ben Franklin. Jefferson apparently thought the entire concept of Thanksgiving was ridiculous. 3) d. 280 million. About one per person who is eating turkey on Thanksgiving. 4) d. Cranberries. 5) c. 1941. 6) a. FDR. 7) d. Turkeys were the most abundant meat at the time of the first Thanksgiving.