Monday, November 19, 2007

This One's a Turkey

So my birthday has come and gone, and so far, all my parts are still in place, and I have not received any literature from AARP. So far, so good!

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I'd write about some fun turkey facts I found last year on the University of Illinois Extension School website( I added some fun "facts" of my own in italics. Happy Turkey Day!

Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.

Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.

Nineteen million turkeys are eaten each Easter.

Turkeys love the summer.

Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour.

Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.

Turkeys' heads change colors when they become excited.

Turkeys can see movement almost a hundred yards away.

Turkeys are super heroes.

Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day.

Days are not so quiet when a turkey is within a mile of you.

Wild turkeys spend the night in trees. They especially like oak trees.

And oak trees especially like wild turkeys.

Turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the turkeys fall over.

Turkey breeders laugh a lot.

Israelis eat the most turkeys.....28 pounds per person.

Turkeys are anti-Semites.

Turkeys are related to pheasants.

Turkeys wonder why Americans don't try their equally delicious cousins on Thanksgiving.

Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

George W hopes "Flyer" and "Fryer Turkey" will remember this at the polls.