Wacky Wednesday Trivia, the Thanksgiving Edition!
Its Wednesday everyone, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s trivia day here at ReStockIt, so put on your learning caps and absorb something new. Today it’s going to be all about Thanksgiving, since it’s tomorrow (yay! Turkey day coma, here I come!) and everyone will be stuffing their faces around the dinner table and giving thanks for whatever they are thankful for.
I managed to come up with some funny trivia, and some actual scholarly trivia, so there is something for everyone! Read on, enjoy, and have a fantastic holiday!
- The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat’s horn filled to brim with fruits and grains. According to Greek legend, Amalthea (a goat) broke one of her horns and offered it to Greek God Zeus as a sign of reverence. As a sign of gratitude, Zeus later set the goat’s image in the sky also known as constellation Capricorn. Cornucopia is the most common symbol of a harvest festival. A Horn shaped container, it is filled with abundance of the Earth’s harvest. It is also known as the ‘horn of plenty’.
- Turducken, a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, is becoming more popular in Thanksgiving (originated in Louisiana). A turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture (although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird).
- Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
- There are regional differences as to the “stuffing” (or “dressing”) traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make theirs from cornbread, while in other parts of the country white bread is the base. One or several of the following may be added: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets.
- Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
- The first large helium-filled balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was of Felix the Cat in 1927.
- Several people wanted to have an official day of thanksgiving, including George Washington, who proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. Several people did not want it including President Thomas Jefferson.
- A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
- The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1924. It featured Central Park zoo animals, people in costumes, and floats.