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Thanksgiving trivia that’ll (Plymouth) rock your world!

Gobble up some facts about this special holiday and learn a new thing or two about where your favorite Turkey Day traditions originate.
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See how much you know about the history behind Turkey Day with our quiz!

As you sit with your family and/or friends this year, test your knowledge to see who can get the most right! It’s OK if you aren’t a Thanksgiving expert; you will be after this quiz. Don’t be afraid to wing it!

 

Thanksgiving Trivia!

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1. Correct Answer: Mary Had a Little Lamb

The writer of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” writer and activist Sarah Josepha Hale, was also a strong advocate for the declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. She wrote numerous editorials as editor of “Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine” and countless letters to American presidents like Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, James Buchanan and many others. She finally persuaded Abraham Lincoln, who declared a national recognition of Thanksgiving in 1863.

2. Correct Answer: 102 passengers

Landing in what is now Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts in 1620, the Mayflower held 102 passengers on its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The Mayflower Compact was a written agreement between the members of the ship to obey the established legal system of Plymouth County and to help establish unity and set some ground rules for the colony, making it one of the first “frameworks” of government written for the young soon-to-be United States.

3. Correct Answer: 300 pounds

After four months or more of design, almost 300 pounds of glitter is put into each Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float, along with 2,000 gallons of paint and 200 pounds of confetti, making them shinier than the glitter geysers of Barbie’s Dreamhouse. Maybe Macy’s is the cause of Malibu’s glitter drought…

4. Correct Answer: Liberty and Bell

These 42-pound turkeys both come from Wilmar, Minnesota, where instead of the dinner table, they will see the South Lawn of the White House and (hopefully) a long and prosperous life. It is said that the first turkey pardon was administered by Abraham Lincoln, but the tradition was formalized under the administration of George H.W. Bush in 1989.

5. Correct Answer: 1924

Fun Fact #2, I lied – I cannot predict the future. What I can tell you is that the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was on November 27, 1924, featuring floats and animals from the Central Park Zoo. It was organized by Macy’s employees to celebrate the opening of a new “World’s Largest Store” and help boost sales during the holiday season.

6. Correct Answer: Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Britney Spears

In a speech commending the tremendous effort behind the journey that these turkeys had to make, Biden compared it to the efforts many fans had to make for concert tickets this year, saying “Just to get here, Liberty and Bell had to beat some tough odds and competition. They had to work hard, to show patience, and be willing to travel over 1,000 miles. You could say it’s even harder than getting a ticket to the Renaissance tour or, or Britney’s tour. She’s down, it’s kind of warm in Brazil right now.” However, Britney is not on tour; she just released a book. And Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” is in Brazil, not Beyonce, whose “Renaissance Tour” ended in October. Mix-ups are common for 81-year-old President Biden, but “Oh baby, baby, how was he supposed to know?”

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Oh my gourd, it doesn’t get any butter than this!

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