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Let’s talk turkey with a Thanksgiving quiz

Pilgrim_7908Thanksgiving traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping season. To begin the celebration, let’s see how well you know the holiday with a short quiz (answers below):

  1. While Christmas is always December 25, where can Thanksgiving be found on the calendar?
  2. True or false. The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back to the 1600s?
  3. Who sings the Thanksgiving Song?
  4. Which President declared Thanksgiving a national holiday?
  5. The National Foot League features three games on Thanksgiving day. The Detroit Lions are one of two teams on the schedule each year. Name the other team.
  6. How much turkey do Americans eat on Thanksgiving?
    A) 50 million pounds
    B) 250 million pounds
    C) More than 750 million pounds
  7. What is the name of the parade that takes place that day? Bonus points if you know its original name.
  8. Each year, the President of the United States pardons a turkey. Who started that tradition?
  9. When the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line opened in 1981, six people responded to 11,000 calls. How many will the call center answer this year?
  10. Which state produces the most cranberries? Hint: it also leads the nation in production of cheese.

 

Answers

  1. Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November.
  2. True. The Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in 1621. According to sources, it included 50 people who traveled on the Mayflower and 90 Native Americans.
  3. Adam Sandler sings the Thanksgiving Song.
  4. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving in 1863.
  5. The Dallas Cowboys join the Detroit Lions as NFL regulars on Thanksgiving Day.
  6. According to the National Turkey Federation, approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2012.
  7. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally the Macy’s Christmas Parade.
  8. The origins of the Presidential Turkey Pardon are somewhat fuzzy, but Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy are both believed to have spared a turkey. The first official “pardon” was issued by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Give yourself a point if you named any of these leaders.
  9. More than 50 experts on the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line will respond to 100,000 calls this year.
  10. Wisconsin holds the title of largest producer of cranberries, followed by Massachusetts.

Scoring
1- 4   You’re at the kids table
5 – 8   You’ve earned an extra serving
9 – 10   The drumstick is yours!

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A trip down Memory Lane

Rotary phoneRemember when?

I found myself thinking about how things have changed over the years, and thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the people, events, and things that played a role in American pop culture during our lives.

How many items from this list do you remember?

  1. You had to dial a telephone (above)
  2. The world watched the first moon landing
  3. Polaroid cameras meant no waiting for your photos
  4. New York City had  two NFL teams
  5. Before cable, most of us could only get three television stations
  6. Pet Rocks were popular
  7. Everyone wore Bell bottom pants
  8. The once a year showing of the Wizard of Oz on television was a big deal
  9. Calculators threatened to replace paper and pencil
  10. TV dinners were heated in the oven
  11. Wind up clocks lulled you to sleep (or kept you awake) with their tick-tock, tick-tock …
  12. The S.S. Minnow set out for a 3-hour tour
  13. Your could buy Sea Monkeys through the mail
  14. Cassettes tapes replaced records
  15. John Wayne was the hero of the west
  16. Kids laced up PF Flyers sneakers
  17. A drink at the drugstore soda fountains always tasted better
  18. The Beach Boys sang about summer fun
  19. The Gong Show offered talented and not-so-talented acts.
  20. All pitchers in baseball batted before the designated hitter
  21. Banana seats on bicycles were cool
  22. Millions watched the Jerry Lewis Telethon every Labor Day weekend
  23. The U.S. Bicentennial marked the nation’s 200th birthday
  24. Soda came from vending machines in glass bottles
  25. Klick-Klacks – loud and fun
  26. What’s My Line? kept viewers guessing
  27. Phil Donahue hosted a groundbreaking talk show
  28. The world was stunned by the death of Elvis Presley
  29. George Burns played God
  30. The search for Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster was the rage
  31. The Monkees offered an American version of The Beatles
  32. Avocado green kitchen countertops were the latest style
  33. The Le Car was certainly a conversation starter
  34. ET, the Extra-Terrestrial set box office records
  35. Al Capone’s vault came up empty
  36. World Series day games meant no late nights for fans
  37. And finally … The Flowbee promised a stylish haircut at home with no mess.

Your turn. What would you add to this list?

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Movie trivia: Who said it?

We can all quote Seinfeld, but how are you at recognizing famous phrases from movies? Here are a few to test you (answers and scoring are below)

  1. “I’ll be back.”
  2. “You’re a wizard, Harry.”
  3. “You had me at hello.”
  4. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
  5. “Why so serious?”
  6.  “Iceberg! Right ahead!”
  7. “Here’s Johnny!”
  8. “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
  9. “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  10. “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? ”
  11. “This team is your family, Michael. You have to protect them from those guys …  Are you going to protect the family, Michael?”
  12. “Cinderella story, out of nowhere, a former greens keeper, now about to become the Masters’ Champion.”
  13. “… and you have no style or sense of fashion … No, no. That wasn’t a question.”
  14. “What do you mean he don’t eat no meat? That’s okay. That’s okay. I’ll make lamb.”
  15. “Begone. Before somebody drops a house on you, too.”
  16. “If we can’t protect the earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.”
  17. “Was that the boogey man?”
  18. “Dear Lord Baby Jesus … we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Domino’s, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell.”
  19. “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
  20. “My momma always said, ‘life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”

Answers

  1. “I’ll be back.”                                                                                                  The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in The Terminator
  2. “You’re a wizard, Harry.”
    Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  3. “You had me at hello.”
    Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) in Jerry Macguire
  4. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
    Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) in The Princess Bride  
  5. “Why so serious?”
    The Joker (Heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight
  6. “Iceberg! Right ahead!”
    Lookouts in Titantic
  7. “Here’s Johnny!”
    Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in The Shining
  8. “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
    Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) in Jaws
  9. Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
    Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), Gone with the Wind
  10. “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? ”
    Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Raiders of the Lost Ark
  11. “This team is your family, Michael. You have to protect them from those guys …  Are you going to protect the family, Michael?”
    Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) in The Blind Side
  12. “Cinderella story, out of nowhere, a former greens keeper, now about to become the Masters’ Champion.”
    Carl (Bill Murray) in Caddyshack. Trivia: Murray reportedly did that entire scene as an ad lib.
  13. “… and you have no style or sense of fashion … No, no. That wasn’t a question.”
    Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada
  14. “What do you mean he don’t eat no meat? That’s okay. That’s okay. I’ll make lamb.”
    Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  15. “Begone. Before somebody drops a house on you, too.”
    Glinda, the Good Witch (Billie Burke) in The Wizard of Oz
  16. “If we can’t protect the earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.”
    Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in The Avengers
  17. Was that the boogey man?”
    Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in Halloween
  18. “Dear Lord Baby Jesus … we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Domino’s, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell.”
    Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell)in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  19. “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
    Marie ‘Slim’ Browning (Lauren Bacall) in To Have and Have Not
  20. “My momma always said, ‘life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”
    Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) in Forrest Gump

SCORING
0 – 5  You’re buying the popcorn
6-10  You’ve earned a small part
11-15  You may have a future in movies
16-20  Steven Speilberg is calling

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