10 Ways to Sound Smart at a Cocktail Party This November

Fast food wasn’t called “fast food” until the mid-50s, although what we would call fast food has been around almost since the turn of the last century.

Knives used exclusively for the table were introduced by the French in the early 1600s.

Football was almost banned in 1905 when nearly two dozen college students were killed playing the game. President Teddy Roosevelt, a fan, helped further the idea of player safety and football was saved.

Wine comes in bottles as small as the piccolo, less than .2 liters, to the Midas, a rare size that holds 30 liters of wine. Generally speaking, the largest bottle of wine consumers can find is the Nebuchadnezzar, which is the equivalent of 20 standard bottles of wine.

Killer whales can swim nearly 10 times faster than Michael Phelps.

More than 45 million turkeys will be cooked this Thanksgiving—that’s more than twice the number of turkeys we’ll eat at Easter-time. Altogether, Americans eat more than 16lbs of turkey annually.

Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated the second Monday in October. Their feasts are almost identical to what we traditionally observe in the U.S.

In the whole of Paris, France, there is just one stop sign. There is no need for others because, in matter of traffic, the vehicle on the right legally has the right-of-way.

Around 40 percent of all Americans can trace their ancestry through at least one person who came through Ellis Island as an immigrant from another country.

Overall, you’ll eat about 125lbs of potatoes this year.