It’s time for a pop quiz!
Actor and “Food: Fact or Fiction?” host Michael McKean recently stopped by the show to put Rachael and her husband John’s Thanksgiving knowledge to the test. Play along below and find out how much you know about Turkey Day.
1) Q: Fact or Fiction? The bird “turkey” is named after the country Turkey.
A: Fact! That’s where the bird originated.
2) Q: Fact or Fiction? Thomas Jefferson was the president who made Thanksgiving a national holiday.
A: Fiction! Jefferson actually refused to endorse the Thanksgiving tradition. It was President Abraham Lincoln who made Thanksgiving a national holiday – after activist, Sarah Josepha Hale, urged him to have a national day to give thanks. (Fun fact: Sarah was also the author of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb.”)
3) Q: Fact or Fiction? The trendy Thanksgiving dish known as the “Turducken” (a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) was popularized by NFL Hall of Famer John Madden, who was sent a Turducken while he was on-air for the Super Bowl.
A: Fact! He loved it so much that he decided to tell the world, and the popularity of the Turducken was born!