Turkey Trivia

As we all gather to give thanks on Thursday, we should pause to remember those critters without whom we would be munching tofu this holiday season; the noble turkey.
From the time the first hunter stalked one of these elusive beasts to the present day ritual of hauling a frozen one from the meat counter, mankind has been collecting facts and lore about turkeys. What better time than the present to take a look at some little known turkey trivia? Chew on these little-known facts while you chew on your drumstick tomorrow.

Quick, Tom! Gobble 911! Department:
When the Air Force was conducting test runs to break the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead from heart attacks.

Good Work If You Can Get It Department:
Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset, then fly to the ground at first light and eat until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.

All right, Lemme See Your License and Registration Department:
A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into short flights around 50 to 55 miles per hour in a matter of seconds.

Think I’ll Pass On The Pumpkin Pie, Honey Department:
In 1999, the average American ate 17.95 pounds of turkey.

Birdzilla Is Destroying Tokyo Department:
The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

I Told You We Should Have Ordered Chinese Department:
To cook an 86 pound bird at the accepted guideline of 15 minutes per pound, check for doneness after 21 hours and 50 minutes!

No, Mom, I Couldn’t Possibly Have Thirds Department:

Each Thanksgiving, Americans pack away 675 million pounds of turkey.

Over the River and Through the Woods, To Grandmother’s Cave We Go Department:

Turkeys first appeared on the earth almost 10 million years ago.

Finally the Guys Get the Last Word Department:
Male turkeys gobble. Females are only able to make soft, clucking sounds.

Typical Loud Mouth Guy Department:
On a quiet day, you can hear male turkeys gobble up to a mile away.

I’m Not Touching This one Department:
Selective breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the turkeys fall over.

Hey, Burt! That Sure Is A Lot of Feathers, Burt!
Big Bird, of Sesame Street fame, wears a costume made of nearly 4,000 white turkey feathers, which have been dyed bright yellow.

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