November Trivia Time!

November Trivia Time!

It’s November, month of Thanksgiving…and other things. November is Election Day, Thanksgiving day, Black Friday, and the time when most of the leaves have all fallen from the trees. People are in full preparation for winter if you haven’t already had your first snows, and even Florida is starting to cool down (it’s a balmy 74 degrees here today). The kids are still plowing through their Halloween candy, with the help of their parents, and Thanksgiving committees are starting to crop up at work (here, anyway).

So sit back, read on, and learn some things about our 11th month that you maybe didn’t know, like the fact that it was the ninth month in the Roman calendar.

  • In Finland they call November “Marraskuu” which translates as “month of the dead”.
  • November 1st is celebrated in the Catholic faith as All Saints Day
  • The Saxons called November “Blood Month” because they sacrificed many animals to their gods in that   month
  • World War I ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11PM, in 1918
  • On November 5th, 1959 the American Football League was formed with 8 teams: the Houston OIlers, New York Titans, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, and the Denver Broncos.
  • The infamous Berlin Wall began to come down on November 9th, 1989
  • November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month
  • Around November 17th, the Leonids metero shower reaches its peak
  • November in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to May in the Southern Hemisphere,  and vice versa

And the original Thanksgiving Dinner probably consisted of this (nothing like today’s dinner, except the turkey):

  • Roasted whole turkey
  • Roasted duck
  • Roasted goose or Passenger Pigeons
  • Roasted venison
  • Fish, shellfish, mussels, oysters, etc
  • Whole pumpkins, bake in coals, along with one or two other winter squashes. Could also have been boiled.
  • Beans
  • Dried corn, boiled in water
  • Flat bread, or “fry” bread
  • Baskets of nuts and fall berries
  • Pumpkin sweetened with honey
  • Boiled corn meal sweetened with honey

Special thanks to the Smithsonian for their menu example: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Ask-an-Expert-What-was-on-the-menu-at-the-first-Thanksgiving.html

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