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1. When was the first American Thanksgiving celebration?
2. What did Plymouth Harbor pilgrims most likely NOT eat for the first "Thanksgiving"?
C) Beans and Corn
3. Has Thanksgiving always been celebrated on the same day?
A) No! In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared
November's LAST Thursday “Thanksgiving"
4. What great American statesman lobbied to make the turkey the national symbol?
A) Benjamin Franklin
5. Where was the turkey first domesticated?
6. Can domesticated turkeys fly?
A) No -
they are too weak and fat
7. Which country consumes the most turkey per year per capita?
The United States
8. Unlike conventional turkeys, organic turkeys...
A) Have daily access to the outdoors
9. Wild Turkeys run...
A) 43 miles per hour
10. Wild turkeys fly...
A) Up to 55 miles per hour
11. The bronze colored wild turkey...
A) Can glide for at least a half mile or
more without fluttering a wing
12. What is a baby turkey called?
13. Aside from "Butterball", which is not a type of "wild turkey"?
A) Gould wild turkey
14. The color of a wild turkey's naked head and neck areas...
A) Can change to blue during courtship
15. About how many feathers do turkeys have at maturity?
16. What is the long, red fleshy growth from the base of the beak that hangs down over the neck?
17. What is a female turkey called?
18. What are male turkeys called?
19. What color are turkey eggs?
A) Pale creamy tan with brown speckles
20. Which state produces the most turkeys annually?
21. Approximately what percentage of American homes eats turkey on Thanksgiving?
22. What is the fastest way to defrost a turkey?
A) with a hair dryer
23. The top five most popular ways to serve leftover Thanksgiving turkey are:
B) Soup or stew
E) A salad
F) All of the above
24. Turkeys have:
A) A great sense of hearing
B) 2 pair of ears
C) Crossed eyes, making vision poor
D) 8 toes on each foot
25. In English, turkeys say "gobble gobble gobble." What do turkeys say in Portuguese?
A) Kalkoen kluek
26. The first department store to hold a Thanksgiving Day parade was:
A) Montgomery Ward
B) J.C. Penney
E) None of the above
1. C) 1621
first Thanksgiving in North America is believed to have been held in the
Plymouth, Massachusetts settlement in the fall of 1621, and is reported to have
lasted 3 days! Until 1863, Thanksgiving day had not been celebrated annually
since the first feast in 1621. This changed in 1863 when Sarah Josepha Hale
encouraged Abraham Lincoln to set aside the last Thursday in November "as a day
for national thanksgiving and prayer."
3. C) Both A
- Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the Thanksgiving holiday to the next to last
Thursday in November to create a longer
Christmas shopping season.
– 2001 Highest Per
Capita consumption of turkey shows Israel at 28.8 pounds, compared with the U.S.
at 17.5, France at 14.5, Italy at 12.3, Germany at 11, United Kingdom at 9.3,
Canada at 9.3 pounds.
9. C) 20 miles per hour
10. A) Up to 55 miles per hour – for short distances.
11. E) A and D
12. B) Poult – it is tan and brown, just like its egg.
14. A) Can change to blue during courtship - His head color varies from white to blue to red, depending on level of excitement.
Caruncle is the red/pink fleshy growth on the head and upper neck of the
turkey. The beard is a black lock of hair found on the chest of the male
turkey. The Wattle is the bright red appendage at the neck.
18. B) Tom
19. A) Pale creamy tan with brown speckles – Domesticated turkey hens are artificially inseminated. They lay 80 - 100 eggs during a 25 week laying cycle, and the eggs are twice as large as chicken eggs. They hatch in 28 days. A nest of turkey eggs is called a clutch.
20. D) North Carolina – 2002 estimates show North Carolina produced 44.5 million turkeys annually, more than any other state. Minnesota (44 million) and Arkansas (29 million) are number two and three. However Alabama has one of the largest per acre populations of wild turkeys of any state. In 2000, total turkey production in the U.S. was 269,969,000 turkeys.
21. D) 90% - At Christmas, it’s just 50%. More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten during Thanksgiving. Americans feast on approximately 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. A 15-pound turkey typically has about 70% white meat and 30% dark meat. According to the National Turkey Federation, about 24% of Americans purchase fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving, and 69% purchase frozen turkeys.
22. C) in cold water – That’s the fastest way, although the Butterball corporation recommends thawing an unwrapped turkey in the refrigerator for one whole day for every 4 pounds. How do you thaw a frozen turkey? "Blow in its ear." (according to Johnny Carson)
23. F) All of the above - Almost 50% of Americans eat turkey at least once every 2 weeks. Californians are the biggest turkey eaters in the country. They eat three pounds more turkey than the average American consumer. "No more turkey, but I'd like another helping of that bread he ate."- Anonymous, quoted in Joy of Cooking.
24. A) A great sense of hearing - Turkeys have great hearing, a poor sense of smell, but an excellent sense of taste. They can also see in color, and have excellent visual acuity and a wide field of vision (about 270 degrees), which makes sneaking up on them difficult. However, a turkey's night vision and depth perception are poor.
25. D) Glugluglugluglu - Only male turkeys (toms) gobble; females (hens) make a clicking noise. The gobble is a seasonal call during the Spring and Fall. Hens are attracted for mating when a tom gobbles. Wild toms love to gobble when they hear loud sounds or settle in for the night. Turkey gobbles can be heard from as far as a mile away.
26. C) Gimbel – in Philadelphia, November 25, 1920 – created by Store President, Ellis Gimbel. Macy’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924 - More than a thousand employees took part in the 5-mile parade, originally called Macy's Christmas Parade. Today the route is 2.5 miles long and millions of television viewers watch the trademark giant balloons march down the street.