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by Reginald Andah
There’s nothing like Thanksgiving. During what other time of year can you watch your relatives come together and bicker over nothing? What other meal do you spend hoping everyone finishes eating soon before someone starts reminiscing about the good ol’ days and brings up an embarrassing moment from the past (there’s always at least one relative who does)?
Did you know that those present at the first Thanksgiving didn’t have the benefit of tryptophan to make everyone fall asleep? The first Thanksgiving was a three-day harvest feast held in Massachusetts in 1621 with pilgrims and people from the Wampanoag tribe in attendance. Although wild turkeys were in the area, the Wampanoag guests arrived with the offering of five deer. Historians believe the deer were roasted over a fire and made into stew.
Now that you know a fact about the first Thanksgiving, try your luck on some more Turkey Day trivia. Continue reading
Think you know winter holidays?
Try this holiday trivia quiz.
It’s the holiday season. As you prep for family time galore, take a moment to test your knowledge of these American winter celebrations. Hanukkah starts today and lasts for eight nights, ending at sundown Dec. 28. Christmas is coming up on Dec. 25. And Kwanzaa will be celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.
1. Hanukkah commemorates which event?
a. the miraculously long-burning olive oil observed during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE
b. the founding of the State of Israel in 1948
c. the parting of the Dead Sea by Moses
d. the marriage of Esther to King Ahasueras
2. Christmas commemorates which event?
a. the invention of egg nog
b. the birth of Jesus
c. the birth of Santa Claus
d. a great brainstorming session at Hallmark
3. Kwanzaa commemorates which event?
a. the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863
b. the birth of Nelson Mandela in 1918
c. the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1929
d. It doesn’t commemorate a specific event. It is a celebration of African-American heritage and culture. Continue reading
Are you ready for commencement?
Finals are over, but we have one more quiz to test your preparedness for graduation. How much do you know about Texas State University’s commencement ceremony?
1. To be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must:
a. be able to shout the Fight Song on command
b. have fulfilled all financial obligations to the university
c. wear official regalia (black cap and gown, maroon and gold tassel)
d. walk backwards down the Quad from the mustangs to Old Main
2. What’s the difference between graduating and participating in commencement?
a. Graduating means you show up; participating means you actually pay attention.
b. Graduating means the Dean has certified that you are finished; participating means you still have to meet a few requirements before you get your diploma.
c. Graduating and participating are the same.
d. Graduating means you are a real grown-up; participating means your parents will keep supporting you for another four years.
3. What goes into every graduation gown?
a. 23 kinds of polyester
b. 23 plastic bottles
c. 23 armadillo shells
d. 23 minutes of stitching by a freshman volunteer
4. Who composed Pomp and Circumstance?
a. Andrew Lloyd Weber
b. Sir Elton John
c. Johann Sebastian Bach
d. Sir Edward Elgar
5. Who wrote the words for the Texas State Alma Mater?
a. Jesse Kellam
b. Lyndon Baynes Johnson
c. Jessie Sayers
d. Miriam McCoy
Answers: 1) b and c, but you are welcome to do the others on a voluntary basis; 2) b; 3) b; 4) d; 5) c, Jessie Sayers was an original faculty member of the Southwest Texas State Normal.