There’s a lot to digest when it comes to the history and traditions behind Thanksgiving.
This week’s trivia is by Rachelle Marshall, who handles DVD and CD acquisitions at the Whitman County Library in Colfax. The Whitman County Library’s online trivia challenge takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on its Facebook page.

  1. Which United States president refused to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday?

  2. According to the National Turkey Federation, what percentage of Americans do not eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
    (a) 24 percent
    (b) 40 percent
    (c) 12 percent
    (d) 7 percent

  3. Which turkeys gobble, the males or the females?

  4. Which Native American tribe provided the Pilgrims with aid?

  5. True or false: Americans prefer Thanksgiving leftovers to the actual Thanksgiving Day meal?


  1. Thomas Jefferson. Originally, presidents had to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday every year, up until 1863 when Lincoln made it official in an attempt to reconcile the country during the Civil War. Because of his strong belief in the separation of church and state, Jefferson refused.

  2. (c) 12 percent, which includes vegetarians, vegans and turkey haters.

  3. The males. Female turkeys cackle.

  4. The Wampanoag, also known as the People of the First Light. The Wampanoag have inhabited present-day Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island for more than 12,000 years. 

  5. True. According to a 2015 Harris Poll, 8 out of 10 Americans prefer the leftovers. (Maybe it’s because the in-laws went home).

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