Thanksgiving and Turkey Trivia

turkeyMost of us who celebrate Thanksgiving know the why's and how's but not some of the fun stuff associated with the holiday.

These trivia tidbits will help you brush up on history and learn all about the things that help make Thanksgiving extra-special. This material is great to use for a trivia quiz or to entertain kids at school.


Turkey Day Trivia

- The pilgrim's voyage to American in 1620 was over 3000 miles long and plagued with illness and storms, making it a very long and difficult trip.

- The pilgrims travelled from Plymouth, England to Plymouth Massachusetts on a ship called the Mayflower.

- The pilgrims saw Cape Cod first but landed at Plymouth Rock.

- The Native Americans taught the pilgrims how to hunt and successfully grow crops. If it wasn't for their generosity, the pilgrims may have starved to death.

- The pilgrims' first Thanksgiving in 1621 was celebrated after a bountiful harvest. They invited their new Native American friends as guests.

- Sarah Joespha Hale was a magazine editor who spent years lobbying to establish an official Thanksgiving holiday.

- The average Thanksgiving dinner contains nearly 3000 calories. Add in snacks and beverages and we're eating over 4000 calories, just in one day!

- Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade started in 1924 at Bamberger's store in New Jersey and was transferred to New York by Macy's.

- Thanksgiving day is actually a heavier travel day than the Wednesday before for those taking long trips.

- The day after Thanksgiving is known as "Black Friday," which is the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

- It's unlikely that pumpkin pie was included in the first Thanksgiving feast because the flour supply was scarce. However, pumpkin may very well have been eaten in another form.

- A pumpkin is actually a fruit, not a vegetable, and is high in potassium and vitamin A.

- Cranberries are a major crop for several states in the United States. Wisconsin leads the pack with nearly half of the production. Thanks Wisconsin!

Turkey Fun Facts

- The tradition of pardoning a turkey dates back to over fifty years ago, when Harry Truman was president. These privileged turkeys are spared from becoming part of a Thanksgiving feast and are destined to lead a very comfortable life.

- Turkey gets a bad rap for causing sleepiness after a large meal. It's much healthier than red meat and often it's the side dishes that are high in fat, carbohydrates and sugar that makes one sleepy after dinner.

- It takes about 28 days for a turkey egg to hatch.

- A male turkey is called a "tom" or "cock," a female is a "hen." A baby turkey is called a "poult."

- June is National Turkey Lovers' month.

- The average lifespan of a turkey is ten years.

- Wild turkeys can fly. Domesticated turkeys cannot.

- Wild turkeys almost became extinct in the early 1900's.