Thursday, November 18, 2010

Turkey Trivia

What do you know about turkeys?  Take this quiz and find out.
(Answers are below) 

1. When was the first American Thanksgiving celebration?
    a. 1492
    b. 1567
    c. 1621
    d. 1777

2. Where was the turkey first domesticated?
    a. Canada
    b. Mexico and Central America
    c. New Zealand
    d. India

3. What great American statesman lobbied to make the turkey the national symbol?
    a. Benjamin Franklin
    b. Thomas Jefferson
    c. John Adams
    d. Andrew Jackson

4. About how many feathers does a mature turkey have?
    a. 1,500
    b. 2,000
    c. 3,500
    d. 5,000

5. Which state produces the most turkeys annually?
    a. Kansas
    b. Ohio
    c. Arkansas
    d. North Carolina

6. How fast can wild turkeys run?
    a. 5 mph
    b.15 mph
    c. 25 mph
    d. 45 mph

7. Which country consumes the most turkey per year per capita?
    a. The United States
    b. Israel
    c. Spain
    d. The United Kingdom

8. What Native American tribe celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the colonists?
    a. the Wampanoag tribe
    b. the Sioux tribe
    c. the Choctaw tribe
    d. the Arapaho tribe

9. Can wild turkeys fly? If so, how fast?
    a. No.
    b. Yes, up to 25 mph
    c. Yes, up to 40 mph
    d. Yes, up to 55 mph

10. Approximately what percentage of American homes eats turkey on Thanksgiving?
    a. 49%
    b. 67%
    c. 82%
    d. 90%

11. Approximately what percentage of American homes eats turkey on Christmas?
    a. 34%
    b. 50%
    c. 67%
    d. 89%

12. What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey's neck?
    a. snark
    b. wattle
    c. garble
    d. swag

13. Which U.S. president specified that Thanksgiving would fall on the fourth Thursday of November?
    a. Martin Van Buren
    b. Andrew Jackson
    c. William H. Taft
    d. Abraham Lincoln

14. Which president attempted to move the Thanksgiving holiday to the next to last Thursday in November to create a longer Christmas shopping season?
    a. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    b. Dwight D. Eisenhower
    c. Harry S. Truman
    d. Gerald R. Ford

15. What is the fastest way to defrost a turkey?
    a. with a hair dryer
    b. in the refrigerator
    c. in cold water
    d. in the microwave oven

1. c. 1621

2. b. Mexico and Central America

3. a. Benjamin Franklin

4. c. 3,500

5. d. Minnesota

6. c. 25 mph

7. b. Israel

8. a. the Wampanoag

9. d. yes, up to 55 mph

10. d. 90%

11. b. 50%

12. b. Wattle

13. d. Abraham Lincoln

14. a. Franklin Roosevelt

15. b. in the refrigerator


  1. This is very interesting! We're part of the 90%. We just bought our turkey today. However, we're going to be nontraditional and have Thanksgiving on Wednesday because of the family's schedule. Thank you for the fun facts.

  2. What a fun list of Turkey Trivia.

    I was thinking water for #15, but then with the size of my turkey, it would be the bathtub, hee hee.