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For our first annual Thanksgiving Day Quiz, we shall delve into the history and the mystery of this travel-related holiday, when most everyone in the United States either heads to Grandma’s house or Grandma flees to the buffet at Golden Corral.

Either way, there’s bound to be turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and at least one relative who hits the sauce too much, cranberry or otherwise. It’s a quintessential American holiday, epitomized by food, football, family and friends.

But how much do you really know about it? Here’s the quiz, and Happy Thanksgiving!



1..Which historical figure is most identified with Thanksgiving in America?

a. The Earl of Cranberry

b. Davy Crockett

c. The Sultan of Turkey

d. Governor William Bradford

2. Who  invented the green bean casserole, and when?

a. Betty Crocker in 1949

b. Dorcas Reilly in 1955

c.  Fanny Farmer in 1930

d. Julia Child in 1963

3. Which president wrestled with Congress over whether the official date of  Thanksgiving should be the fourth Thursday in November or the final Thursday of November? (Bonus points for answering why this became such a debate.)

a. Franklin Roosevelt

b. Grover Cleveland

c. Chester A. Arthur

d. Herbert Hoover

4. According to the National Turkey Federation, what percentage of Americans eat turkey for Thanksgiving?

a. 95 percent

b. 90 percent

c. 80 percent

d. 99 percent

5. Approximately how many turkeys were consumed on Thanksgiving Day, 2015?

a. 45 million

b. 25 million

c. 60 million

d. 55 million

6. What year marked the first annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York?

a. 1946

b. 1933

c. 1924

d. 1929

7. Counting 2016, how many NFL football games have the Detroit Lions played on Thanksgiving?

a. 77

b. 65

c. 89

d. 42

8.Which is usually the heavier travel day?

a. The day before Thanksgiving

b. Thanksgiving itself

Note: I’ll publish the answers in the week after Thanksgiving. And thanks for playing!









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According to government and private surveys:

  • Leading-edge baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1955) and seniors account for four out of every five dollars spent on luxury travel today.
  • Roughly half the consumer spending money in the U.S.--more than $2 trillion--is in the hands of leading-edge baby boomers and seniors.
  • Baby boomers (born 1946-1964) travel more than any other age group.
  • When asked what they would most like to spend their money on, baby boomers answered “travel” more than any other category, including improving their health or finances.

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