## Thanksgiving Math Quiz

Five questions to get you geared up for Turkey Day.

Which weighs more?

1. The weight of turkey that Americans will eat on Thanksgiving.
2. The combined weight of the entire population of Chicago.

What percent of turkeys raised each year are eaten by Americans?

1. About 90%.
2. About 50%.

How close are humans to being pumpkins?

1. About 75% genetically identical.
2. About 90% genetically identical.

How often is Thanksgiving celebrated on the last Thursday in November?

1. On average, 5/7 of the time.
2. Always.

At your Thanksgiving dinner feast, you’ve placed a name tent at each plate for yourself and nine guests. But your Uncle Huey, who’s too old to give a damn, has chosen his seat at random. Your other guests decide that they’ll come to the table and sit in the proper seat if no one is sitting there yet; if the seat with that person’s name tent is occupied, however, he’ll choose a different seat at random. As the host, you’ll be the last to sit. What’s the probability that you’ll get your assigned seat?

1. 50%
2. 10%

I’ll place a spoiler in the Comments on Thanksgiving Day.

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## 5 Comments Add your own

• 1. Joel Gray  |  November 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Humans and pumpkins are genetically identical? Can’t wait to hear how THAT equates!

• 2. venneblock  |  November 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm

It’s 5pm ET on Thanksgiving Day… no spoiler yet, but a pretty big hint… all of the questions have the same answer.

• 3. Moon Virgo  |  November 27, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Thanks for this!

• 5. venneblock  |  November 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

Okay, it’s now Black Friday in the U.S. If you haven’t figured it out yet, choice A is the correct answer for all 5 questions. (Check http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/386516.stm for a reference about the genetic pumpkin question.)

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