Have you completed the Thanksgiving Triva Challenge? If you like trivia, pick up a copy of the November GET UP & GO! magazine then return here to find out how you got on.
- 1.) B - 3 days
Historians believe that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated much earlier than we do now, possibly in late September. There were about 50 European settlers and around 90 Native Americans who attended the 3-day feast. It must’ve been some party!
- 2.) C – Abraham Lincoln
Although George Washington made a proclamation that the American people should celebrate a day of thanksgiving to God on November 26, it wasn’t until Abraham Lincoln became president that it was declared an annual holiday in 1863.
- 3.) C – 1924
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was started by Louis Bamberger in Newark, New Jersey but was transferred to New York City where it is now held by Macy’s.
- 4.) B – Ronald Reagan
While John F. Kennedy was the first president on record for unofficially sparing a turkey in 1963, it wasn’t until the Reagan administration in 1987 that a turkey was given an official presidential pardon as a joke. Despite it being a joke, the turkey was spared and put into a petting zoo. In 1989 George H. Bush made it an annual tradition and each president following him has carried on the tradition.
- 5.) B – Deer (venison)
Although we do not have first-hand knowledge of what was actually served during the first Thanksgiving feast, there are a few written accounts of the Native Americans present during the feast, going out to hunt and bringing back five deer to give to the governor and the captain.
- 6.) A – 1955
The green bean casserole was created by the Campbell Soup Company, more specifically by Dorcas Reilly…mmm, mmm good!
- 7.) C – Pults
Turkeylings would’ve made an amazing name for baby turkeys! Female turkeys are called hens, and males are called toms in the USA or stags in Europe.
- 8.) A – Cranberries, corn, and mashed potatoes
While they are all as traditional and American as, well, apple pie; popular myths aside, we can all rule out that none of these three items were featured on the first Thanksgiving feast.
- 9.) A – The loose skin under a male turkey’s neck
The red bit of flesh under the beak is called a wattle. We are definitely not doing the turkey’s reputation any favors as a silly animal with all these weird names!
- 10.) B – Minnesota
With 41 million turkeys raised in 2015, Minnesota tops the chart! Next up is North Carolina with 31 million, then Arkansas coming in third with 27.5 million turkeys.