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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 2:53 pm, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

If you’re like me right about now, you’re wearing comfortable clothing—elastic waist preferably—and watching an unexciting football game and trying to work up an appetite for the all-important Thanksgiving leftovers. So let’s see if we can’t plow through that tryptophan daze with a little trivia. It’s probably halftime, anyway.

1) Within 50 years, when was the first thanksgiving?

2) What North American country domesticated the first turkey?

3) What is a female turkey called? What is the male one called?

4) Which founding father wanted the turkey—not the eagle—to be our national bird?

5) What sound does a female turkey make? What sound does the male make?

6) Can wild turkeys fly?

7) How fast can a wild turkey run?

8) What percentage of American homes eat turkey on Thanksgiving?

9) What is the name of the loose, hanging skin below a turkey’s neck?

10) True or false: Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the United States.


1) 1621

2) Mexico

3) Hen, Tom

4) Ben Franklin

5) Cluck, gobble

6) Yes, they can fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.

7) 25 mph

8) 50 percent 

9) Wattle

10) False: Canadians have a Thanksgiving celebration, as well.

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