- Turkeys were first domesticated in Mexico and Central America.
- The Wampanoag tribe shared the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in 1621.
- Abraham Lincoln specified the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving in 1863.
- Need help cooking your turkey? Call the Turkey Talk-Line at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. Or, check out the TurkeyTalk Podcast here.
- Do you know what country eats the most turkey each year, per capita? Israel!
- A female turkey is a hen; the male is known as the tom.
- The female turkey clucks; the male gobbles.
- Minnesota is the state that produces the most domestic turkeys.
Every year, The President 'pardons' a turkey. That lucky bird retires to a historical farm, and lives out the rest of his life in leisure.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be designated as the National bird.
- Approximately 92% of all American households eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Maybe turkey should be added to the phrase 'as American as Mom and apple pie'.
Fifty percent (50%) of all turkeys served thisThursday will be stuffed.
- The average size of the main dish we'll be roasting, deep-frying or smoking is 15 pounds. To figure out what size turkey to cook, figure two pounds per adult (you will have leftovers).
- Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining.
- Wild turkeys can fly. They can burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds. They can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour.
- A full-grown turkey has 3,500 feathers; domestic turkeys can't fly.
I bet none of the turkeys appearing looked like this one:
Glitter is all the rage in Kindergarten, but not down on the farm.