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61) Who was the first governor of Plymouth Colony?

John Carver is credited with writing the Mayflower Compact, was its first signer, and was the first governor of New Plymouth Colony.

62) The settlers of Plymouth Colony were originally known as ________.

The Brownists were English Dissenters or early Separatists from the Church of England. They were named after Robert Browne, who was born at Tolethorpe Hall in Rutland, England, in the 1550s. A majority of the Separatists aboard the Mayflower in 1620 were Brownists, and indeed the Pilgrims were known for 200 years as the Brownist Emigration.

63) How many seeds are there in a medium-sized pumpkin?

The average pumpkin contains about 500 seeds.

64) 102 passengers set sail on the Mayflower. How many passengers arrived in America?

One passenger, William Butten, died at sea, and one child was born, leaving 102 passengers upon arrival.

65) What was the name of the only child born during the Mayflower's voyage to America?

Oceanus was born to Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins sometime between the boarding and arrival dates of September 6 and November 9, 1620. Another child, Peregrine White, was born on board, after arriving in America, as the ship lay at anchor.

66) What year did the tradition of playing football on Thanksgiving begin?

Football on Thanksgiving actually dates back to 1876, when the American Intercollegiate Football Association held its first championship game. Within a decade, more than 5,000 club, college and high school football teams began playing on the holiday, with Princeton and Yale's mythic rivalry drawing on average about 40,000-plus fans.

67) Why did the Pilgrims choose Cape Cod as their landing spot?

Water aboard ship was likely to become brackish and potentially deadly, while beer remained drinkable. Captain Christopher Jones recognized the need to preserve the dwindling stocks for his sailors on the return journey, so the passengers were encouraged to land near the top of Cape Cod. These instructions did not sit well with the Pilgrims; William Bradford complained that he and his companions "were hastened ashore and made to drink water, that the seamen might have the more beer."

68) Which founding father thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States?

In a letter to his daughter sent in 1784, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United States than the bald eagle (which had earlier been chosen by the Continental Congress). He argued that the turkey was "a much more respectable Bird," "a true original Native of America," and "though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage."

69) How many NFL games are played on Thanksgiving?

Three NFL games are played every Thanksgiving. The first two are hosted by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys; a third game, with no fixed opponents, has been played annually since 2006.

70) What percentage of turkey meat is white?

A turkey typically has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.