Originally created 11/23/04

Test those tedious relatives with Thanksgiving trivia

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.

- Jerry Seinfeld

OK, pilgrims, it's time to make progress. If you find yourself sitting around this holiday trying to make small talk with relatives you don't like, whip out this simple Thanksgiving Day Trivia Test.

Keep score. (Learn the answers now.) And win.

Here we go:

1. What state raises the most turkeys?

A. Texas; B. California; C. Arkansas; D. North Carolina.

2. Which state produces the most cranberries?

A. Minnesota; B. Wisconsin; C. Maine; 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.

ANSWERS: 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 in which it carried hats, hemp, Spanish salt, hops, vinegar and Gascon wine.

7. Of 102 passengers, 51 survived, including only four of the married women, As a reward, these four women, along with the older girls, oversaw food preparation for the three-day harvest feast that we call the first Thanksgiving.

I hope yours is a happy one.


TODAY'S JOKE: An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, "Your mother and I are divorcing; 45 years of misery is enough, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

And he hangs up.

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who shouts: "I'll take care of this!"

She calls Phoenix immediately and tells the old man: "You are not getting divorced! Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, do you hear me?"

And she hangs up.

The old man hangs up the phone, turns to his wife and says: "The kids are coming for Thanksgiving ... and paying their own way."


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