Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as “Turkey Day.” Last year in the United States 240 million turkeys were produced. The majority of those Turkeys were produced by just nine states. Minnesota produced 1/5 of those turkeys, the most of any of the nine states. Combined, the next three largest producers of turkeys, Arkansas, North Carolina and Indiana, accounted for 1/3 of those turkeys. Missouri, Virginia, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio rounded out the group of nine states, producing a combined 1/4 of those turkeys. Together, the remaining 41 states produced x million turkeys last year. What is the value of x?


The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® is televised nationally and viewed by over 50 million people each year. Part of the reason this parade has become an iconic part of the Thanksgiving celebration is the massive balloons. One popular balloon is the Big Bird balloon. It takes 12,000 cubic feet of helium to completely fill up. One cubic foot of helium can lift approximately 28.2 grams. If the weight of the Big Bird balloon when deflated is 212 kilograms, how many additional kilograms will the volume of helium be able to lift when the balloon is fully inflated? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.

Watching football is another big American Thanksgiving Day tradition. In the National Football League, the goal structure is centered at the back of each endzone and consists of a horizontal crossbar centered atop a 10 foot pole with two vertical goal posts 18 feet 6 inches apart and extending upward from each end of the crossbar as shown. What is the minimum distance, in feet, traveled by a football kicked from a point in the center of the field located 35 yards away from the goal structure that intersects the plane created by the goal posts at a point 3 feet to the right of the left post and 5 feet above the crossbar? Express your answer to the nearest hundredth.