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Test your Turkey Day trivia knowledge

11/26/2014, 8:10 p.m.
Fascinate the guests at your Thanksgiving table by relaying these interesting facts about our national day of thanks.

Thanksgiving is upon us, but how much do you know about the holiday on which we give thanks? Test your knowledge of Turkey Day trivia...

  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
  • President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a public holiday in 1863 and decreed it be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
  • Congress officially proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday a national holiday in 1941.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Ladies' Magazine and author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," started a campaign in 1827 to establish a holiday to give thanks and pray. She's often cited as the "mother" of Thanksgiving.
  • Canada also has a Thanksgiving Day. It's celebrated on the second Monday in October.
  • The drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower in 1620 was the beer.
  • The first Thanksgiving feast was held with about 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days.
  • The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in 1924 when 400 employees marched in downtown Manhattan. The parade featured live animals from the Central Park Zoo, including camels and elephants.
  • An estimated 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving, which is twice the number eaten on Christmas.
  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
  • The wild turkey has excellent hearing.
  • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 mph. A wild turkey can run at speed of up to 25 mph and can can fly for short distances at up to 55 mph. Domesticated turkeys or the farm-raised turkeys cannot fly.
  • A mature turkey generally has around 3,500 feathers.
  • The average turkey weighs 16 pounds.
  • North Carolina is the number one producer of turkeys, generating about 61 million turkeys per year. Minnesota and Arkansas are second and third largest turkey producers.