Thursday, November 18, 2010

Strange Facts Quiz All About Next Thursday

That's right, Thanksgiving is only 1 week away!

See how many of these Thanksgiving Facts and Oddities you can answer...

1. Is Thanksgiving celebrated only in the United States?

2. Who was the first American Company to sponsor a Thanksgiving Day Parade? 

3. Do you know which tribe of Native Americans ate the first Thanksgiving dinner with the Pilgrims? 

4. The ship that landed at Plymouth Rock with the first group of Pilgrims who came to settle in the new land was called the Mayflower, but do you know who her captain was? 

5. Who was the editor of the women’s magazine “The Godey’s Lady’s Book” said to have bugged Congress for years with letters and messages to various members concerning establishing a National Holiday called Thanksgiving in honor of all the blessings that flowed from the Pilgrim settlers establishment of a new way of life?

6. What is the origin of the word Turkey? 

7. Here’s a strange piece of trivia concerning the Pilgrims (or Puritans as they were also known). They brought barrels of "what" with them on their voyage to the new world?

8. Do you know what year the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began?

9. Is Thanksgiving a religious holiday?

10. How many women Pilgrims survived the first year at the Plymouth settlement?

11. It is a Presidential Tradition that started with President Truman in 1947, to pardon a turkey each year and send it to a famous public farm.  What is the name of the farm?

12. What method is used to test for the perfect time to harvest cranberries?

13. What day does the travel industry say is the busiest travel day of the entire year?

14. Did the Pilgrims really wear the funny hats we see in re-enactments?

15. What everyday eating utensil did the the Pilgrims eat their first dinner without?

16. How many of the 102 original Pilgrims survived to participate in the first Thanksgiving?

17. Was the Mayflower originally built to transport people?

18. How large is the present Plymouth Rock?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I posted this quiz a week in advance so you could try to stump your dinner guests with these questions.  Have fun and DON'T EAT TOO MUCH!
See all of the answers by clicking the link below...

1. False, Canada also celebrates a Canadian Thanksgiving the 2nd Monday of October.
2.  It was Gimbel’s Department Stores. The parade first took place in 1920 in the city of Philadelphia, Pa.
3. The Wampanoag tribe.
4. Captain Christopher Jones.
5. Her name was Sarah Hale and she stayed true to her mission until President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving. It was not until President Franklin Roosevelt that a bill actually was signed making it a National Holiday in the 1940’s.
6. The word turkey can be sourced to the word Hebrew word “Tukki”, which means “big bird or pheasant type bird.
7. Beer
8. 1924
9. No.  It is a Fall celebration holiday that sets aside special time for family and the blessings of freedom in a new land for all people who come here to live free.
10. Only 5!  They were the first ones to cook and prepare the first meager celebration meal, in 1621.  Journals say the celebration lasted 3 days!
11. Frying Pan Park, in Herndon, Va
12. One cranberry is picked and bounced on the ground. If it bounces 4 inches up in the air the crop is at the best stage for harvest!
13. The day after Thanksgiving.
14. History recounts that the Pilgrims DID NOT wear the funny hats we see on them in re-enactments.
15. The Pilgrims ate their first dinner with only spoons and knives!
16. Only 50 of the 102 original Pilgrims survived to participate in the first Thanksgiving historical accounts tell us.
17. Originally it was built to be a wine transport ship.
18. The present Plymouth Rock is only the size of a car engine and has cracked 3 times since the Pilgrims first landed.

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