Questions of the Week — Readers ask about scissors, turkeys, cranberries and Passport Program

The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:


Q: Is there a local company who sharpens scissors?

A: If someone offers such services, they are encouraged to contact and we will pass on the information.


Q: The first turkey Donald Trump pardoned for Thanksgiving, during his first such holiday as president, had a funny name. Just can’t remember what it was. Can you find out?

A: That turkey’s name was Drumstick.

As an added bonus, we also found the names of the two turkeys pardoned last year by President Joe Biden – Chocolate and Chip.


Q: Where does the cranberry tradition come from when it comes to Thanksgiving?

A: According to an essay on the matter, from Michigan State University, “Due to the importance of cranberries in the 1500s and their abundance, it is believed the Pilgrims and the American Indians would have eaten them at the first Thanksgiving.” So it was simply a practical matter at first. Fresh cranberries are ready to harvest from mid-September through mid-November, so Thanksgiving falls within that perfect window for eating them.


Q: Did the Pilgrims and the Native Americans really sit down to have a Thanksgiving dinner or is that just a myth?

A: Ohio State University experts say the two groups did not sit down at tables (as is often depicted) but they likely set out food on tree stumps and benches and was consumed over the course of a day or two. It was a way for the groups to share what had been harvested that year. It was a celebration of the Europeans learning how to survive in America, after being taught by friendly Native Americans.


Q: What is corn pudding?

A: It’s a cream-corn style dish.

To make it, you need:

5 large eggs

1/3 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

¼ cup white sugar

½ cup milk

¼ cup cornstarch

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

2 cans cream-style corn

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.

Whisk eggs lightly in a large bowl. Add milk, melted butter, sugar and cornstarch; whisk until well combined. Stir in drained corn and cream-style corn until fully blended. Pour mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

Baked in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 1 hour.


Q: Is it true the founder of Hallmark came from David City in Nebraska?

A: Yes. David City is the birthplace of Joyce C. Hall. He was born in the late 1890s. He lived there until he was 10 years old. He was the founder of Hallmark Cards.


Q: I think it’s great that Wessels is part of this Holiday Passport Program in Nebraska. How does the program work exactly?

A: Yes, Wessels Living History Farm is among 20 attractions in this year’s Nebraska Holiday Passport program.

The purpose of the program is to encourage tourism as well as shopping/entertainment experiences throughout the state.

Participants benefit from visiting the various attractions, while at the same time earning the ability to win prizes. They simply visit as many of the Passport stops as they wish, get stamps, then turn those stamps in for prizes. There is no age limit to participate. One prize entry is allowed per person. Each individual can submit their own pamphlet prize entry sheet.

The Holiday Passport season runs from Nov. 17 to Jan. 7 (so it’s underway right now). During this time, individuals can collect their stamps. The prize entries must be received by Jan. 14.

Also in this year’s Holiday Passport program are: Beulah’s Emporium in Chappell, Burt County Museum in Tekamah, Buy Nebraska Store in Kearney, Cedar Hill Home and Holiday in Lincoln, Dude’s Steakhouse & Brandin’ Iron Bar/Lounge in Sidney, El Patron Mexican Restaurant in Schuyler, Frahm Bar in Hastings, Local Gift Boutique and Tea Lounge in Hemingford, Main Street Jewelers in Plattsmouth, Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff, Platte Valey Equipment in Fremont, Ponca State Park in Ponca, Prairie Arts Center in North Platte, Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room in Seward, Rustic Riverside Mercantile in West Point, Southeast Nebraska Cancer Memorial Garden in Humboldt, The Durham Museum in Omaha, Tub’s Pub in Sumner and Wettlaufer’s Garden Center & Flower Shop in Atkinson.

Funding support for this program is provided by the Nebraska Tourism Commission.

Go to for information about the program and how to participate.





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