Saturday Surprise — Thanksgiving!

turkeyNext week brings Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Most of us both in the U.S. and abroad know about the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, that “officially” kicks off the Christmas season, and the turkey/stuffing/mashed potatoes and all the rest, topped off by traditional pumpkin pie, followed by football and people falling asleep with their mouths open.  But I thought it would be fun to kick it up a bit … see some of the stranger parts of the holiday … and top it off with a bit of history and a short, funny quiz.

Snoopy Balloon


turkey-gravy-sodaTofurkey & Gravy Soda – If you’re a big soda drinker who loves Thanksgiving dinner, then your wildest dreams have come true. Jones Soda Co., which is famous for its limited-edition holiday concoctions, offers Tofurky & Gravy Soda this season. Based on the vegetarian Thanksgiving meal, the Tofurky flavor is vegan-friendly and sugar-free.

turkey-dinner-layer-cakeTurkey dinner layer cake – The ultimate one-stop Thanksgiving meal. What looks like a cake is actually alternating layers of stuffing and ground turkey mixed with instant oatmeal, “frosted” with mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, and topped with lightly browned mini marshmallows.

pumpkin-pie-fortune-cookiesPumpkin Pie Fortune Cookies – If you’re feeling lucky this Thanksgiving, try these pumpkin pie–flavored fortune cookies from Fancy Fortune Cookies. Made with real pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, the cookies come covered in dark, milk or white chocolate and contain one of five custom fortune cookie messages inside.

turkey-gravy-cranberry-cupcakeTurkey Gravy Cranberry Cupcake – Made by Los Angeles–based Yummy Cupcakes, the treat features a turkey-flavored cake that’s baked with savory turkey gravy, filled with cranberry relish and topped with cranberry cream cheese.

Lays-turkey-potato-chips.jpgLay’s Turkey Potato Chips – This savory chip is only available in China, and according to a contributor at “They really do taste like turkey with gravy…It’s like combining the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner, all in one bag.”

roasted-turkey-doritos.jpgRoasted Turkey Doritos – What’s better than roasted turkey? Roasted turkey-flavor Doritos. What’s better than roasted turkey-flavor Doritos? Roasted turkey–flavor Doritos in the shape of a Christmas tree, of course! Though these festive snacks aren’t available in the U.S., you can easily find them in Taiwan.

jelly-beansMashed Potatoes And Gravy Jelly Beans – Part of the unusual Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Jelly Beans Bag, the Mashed Potatoes and Gravy beans are just two unusual flavors in a mix that includes everything from ketchup to sausage.


Thomas JeffersonPresident Thomas Jefferson thought making Thanksgiving a National Holiday was “a ridiculous proposition.” – Thomas Jefferson was not a fan of Thanksgiving. Despite being first proclaimed by George Washington in 1789, Jefferson believed a national day of thanksgiving was not consistent with the principle of separation of church and state and refused to recognize the holiday in any of the eight years in which he was president of the United States.

ben franklinThe Turkey was Ben Franklin’s vote for the national bird. – After the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it next tasked Benjamin Franklin—along with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson—with designing a seal to represent the new country. Given the opportunity to choose a national symbol, the Founding Father never suggested a turkey.

beerThe night before Thanksgiving is the single biggest day for bar sales in the U.S. – Four reasons:  1) Nearly all Americans have Thanksgiving off; 2) No one wants to entertain the night before hosting a big Thanksgiving meal; 3) Everyone is home for the holidays and wants to see old friends; 4) Thanksgiving dinner is a perfect hangover cure.

The first-ever Macy’s Day Parade actually took place on Christmas of 1924.

Macys 1926 paradeMacy’s employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and other fun costumes, and traveled with Central Park zoo animals and creative floats a lengthy six miles from Herald Square to Harlem in Manhattan.

The parade was meant to draw attention to the Macy’s store in NYC, and the gimmick worked – more than 250,000 people attended the inaugural Macy’s Day Parade. It was decided that this NYC parade would become an annual NY event in Manhattan.

In 1927, Felix the Cat became the first giant balloon to ever take part in the Macy’s Day Parade. In 1928, Felix was inflated with helium, and without a plan to deflate this massive balloon, NYC parade organizers simply let Felix fly off into the sky. Unfortunately, he popped soon thereafter.


The Macy’s Day Parade continued to let the balloons fly off in subsequent years, only these balloons would have a return address written on them, and whoever found the balloon could return the balloon for a prize from Macy’s. However, the results of this experiment weren’t exactly successful.

Macys 1926 parade

Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz

A successful barley crop enabled the Pilgrims to wash down their Thanksgiving feast with what beverage?

  1. A) 7-Up
  2. B) Beer
  3. C) Bourbon
  4. D) Champagne

What was the name of the Pilgrims’ ship?

  1. A) The Pinta
  2. B) Old Ironsides
  3. C) The Mayflower
  4. D) Titanic

The Pilgrims came to America:

  1. A) For religious freedom
  2. B) To fight the Indians
  3. C) To start a .com company
  4. D) To trade tea for animal furs

And with that, I must be off, for Thursday is Thanksgiving, in case you didn’t know, and we will be sharing ours with our friends & neighbors, Maha, Ali, Tholfaqar, Ibraheem and Yousif.  So … this ol’ Filosofa needs to get to the grocery and buy ingredients, plan a menu, and take down the Hallowe’en decorations before Miss Goose nags me to death.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!

24 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — Thanksgiving!

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  2. If you hear strange distant wailings drifting across from the East, it’s British Retailers in their annual lamentations at still not having found a reason to import Thanksgiving.
    I won’t answer the quiz on the grounds of being British and insufferably stuffy about 1776.
    Happy hols!!

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  3. Excellent way to start off Thanksgiving…..So much for which to be thankful….Despite all the shenanigans…….Great YUMMY POST!
    Have a Super Thanksgiving…..Try to forget about the Biggest Turkey Walled Up in the White House! 🤓 Love and Hugs! ❤

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  4. Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz

    A successful barley crop enabled the Pilgrims to wash down their Thanksgiving feast with what beverage?

    A) 7-Up
    B) Beer
    C) Bourbon
    D) Champagne

    What was the name of the Pilgrims’ ship?

    A) The Pinta
    B) Old Ironsides
    C) The Mayflower
    D) Titanic

    The Pilgrims came to America:

    A) For religious freedom
    B) To fight the Indians
    C) To start a .com company
    D) To trade tea for animal furs

    My answers are B, C, A.

    Hope everyone there enjoys the holiday. Don’t eat too much!

    I am giving the Limericks a break this week Jill, but did enjoy seeing all the weird foody things on the menu.

    ‘Fraud I’ll stick to my Vegan delights though. My vegetables do look like vegetables…😂😂😂💕

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      • Nope, not ill. It must have been all that brain power required to answer your questions correctly!😂😂😂 And in reality…the answers were more likely (in hindsight) to perhaps match C, B, B. What happened to the American spirit? Its there somewhere…. Just hidden these days by a blond haired old man. At least he rescinded the hunting trophies import from Zambia and Zimbabwe… Maybe because his pal, Robert Mugabe is in deep trouble, but more likely because the American people really retaliated against such a move…a glimmer of hope!😉

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        • Hmph … remind me — no more quizzes if it going to zap your brain power in this way! Ah well, I didn’t lose more than an hour or two of sleep due to not having a limerick, and hopefully you will be fully recovered soon.

          Yes, I was very happy to see that Trump temporarily reversed his decision on the ban of elephant trophy imports, though I will not be surprised if he reverses course again next week. I don’t think he or Zinke were expecting quite the outcry the announcement received. Mugabe’s situation may have played a role too … who knows? The only person who understands that ‘man’s’ mind is himself, if even he does.

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