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Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 Stumper

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Christmas carol that enumerates a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas in the manner of a cumulative song. The song, first published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, is thought to be French in origin.

Today's stumper is:

In the traditional song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' how many animals are mentioned?

1. 26

2. 33

3. 23




The correct answer is 23.

7 Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, 4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves and  1 partridge.

The best known English version of the "12 Days of Christmas" was first printed in English in 1780 in a little book intended for children, Mirth without Mischief.
 

 

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