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Time to test your Thanksgiving trivia skill

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On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment – halftime.

– Anonymous

Hey, you pilgrims, it’s time to make progress. If you find yourself sitting around this holiday week trying to make small talk with relatives you don’t like, let me offer my Thanksgiving Day Trivia Test.

Keep score. (Learn the answers now.)

Here we go:

1. Which state raises the most turkeys?

A. Alabama; B. South Dakota; C. Nebraska; D. North Carolina.

2. Which state produces the most cranberries?

A. New Hampshire; B. Wisconsin; C. Rhode Island; D. Massachusetts.

3. Male turkeys are called toms; female turkeys are called hens. What are baby turkeys called?

A. Tommies or hennies; B. roes; C. poults; D. young turks.

4. Turkeys were originally found in:

A. China; B. America; C. Mexico; D. Turkey.

5. How many days did it take the Mayflower to cross the Atlantic?

A. 66 days; B. 45 days; C. 101 days; D. 44 days.

6. Speaking of the Mayflower, this English sailing ship was known for:

A. its service as a transport ship in the English Armada; B. successful voyages to Norway; C. decades of longevity; D. its unusual name, which was a nickname for Queen Elizabeth.

7. How many Pilgrims survived the first winter (1620-1621)?

A: 24; B. 35; C. 105; D. 51.


1. North Carolina.

2. Wisconsin.

3. Baby turkeys are poults.

4. Turkeys originally existed in what is now the eastern United States and Mexico.

5. Most sources say the Mayflower’s crossing took 66 days.

6. Actually, it was a rather obscure trade ship, which British sailing records report was “in ruins” by 1624. “Mayflower” was, however, a popular ship’s name of the time. The one we know was involved in shipping trade goods around England, including a voyage to Norway.

7. 51

MORE T-DAY TRIVIA: When did Macy’s begin Thanksgiving parades in New York?

That would be 1924. In 1927, the store replaced live animals with big balloon animals – a dragon, an elephant and Felix the Cat.

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

It’s over. They celebrate the second Monday in October.

TODAY’S JOKE: Meeting his fiancee’s parents for the first time at Thanksgiving, John was asked by his future father-in-law, “Young man, can you support a family?”

“Well, no,” said the groom-to-be, “I was just planning to support your daughter. The rest of you will have to fend for yourselves.”

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