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Weirdo Wednesday – November 30, 2011

Weirdo WednesdayConsidering this is the last Wednesday of November and the week after Thanksgiving I decided to take a look at Weird things about Turkey.

(The bird, not the country)

Or in other words…. the Quirky Turkey.

  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining
  • Turkeys generally spend the night in trees
  • The Wild Turkey was Ben Franklin’s choice for the National bird
  • There are approximately 5,500 feathers on a turkey
  • Loud explosions have been known to bring on heart attacks in turkeys
    (That explains Elmer Fudd saying… be vewy vewy qwy-yet)
  • A full grown turkey can fly 55 mph.
  • June is National Turkey Lover’s month.  (June???)
  • In the 1930s the Wild Turkey was almost extinct.
    (Their population today exceeds seven million)
  • The first “Presidential Pardon” came from Truman in 1947

Weird TurkeyTurkey Terms

Hen – a female turkey.

Poult – a baby turkey. A chick.

Tom – a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.

Caruncle – brightly colored growths on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.

Gizzard – a part of a bird’s stomach that contains tiny stones. It helps them grind up food for digestion.

Snood – the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.

Wattle – the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.

Scientific genus and species: Meleagris gallopavo