What’s not in pumpkin spice?
Although people love to gobble up pumpkin-spice-flavored everything this time of year, there’s no pumpkin in it. It’s most often a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, dry ginger and cloves or allspice. These mixtures mimic the smell of a freshly baked pumpkin pie, which is a highly memorable and comforting scent of the season.
Gourd for you for sniffing out the truth!
Does roasted turkey really make people sleepy?
Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan that can be a sedative. But the tryptophan in turkey has to compete with all the other amino acids being produced in your body, and it would be highly unlikely to make you feel sleepy. In fact, if you do experience a post-dinner “slumber,” it is most likely due to all the sugary desserts!
Aren’t you glad you woke up to the facts?
How many metallic party balloons can be filled with the helium used for the big Thanksgiving Day parade?
Well, thank goodness helium is the second most abundant element in the universe, just behind hydrogen, because plenty is used in the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
En-light-en the people at your Thanksgiving table with this uplifting fact!
A 45-yard field goal attempt is flying at 25 yards per second at an angle of 40 degrees above the horizontal. Assuming minimal air resistance, how many points will the team score?
We’re sure everyone at your Thanksgiving table will get a “kick” out of this fact. Find out more here.
Which of these short stories did Little Women’s Louisa May Alcott write?
The National Math and Science Initiative isn’t only for math and science lovers. This quaint Thanksgiving story is a great post-dinner read and has a little bit of something for everyone: happiness, gratefulness, peril and drama. (Probably like most modern-day family Thanksgivings!)
Hope you got this one “write!”
A few more clicks and you’ll discover just what level of a turkey trivia gobbler you are. (Do you think you made Stuffing Savant?)
Then, click “Learn more” for a second helping of tasty Thanksgiving tidbits from the National Math and Science Initiative!