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Turkeys have 3,500 feathers at maturity. (I wonder what they do with all those turkey feathers!)
Male turkeys gobble, hens cluck. (I always knew women were much quieter.)
Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks. (I’m guessing that turkey farmer has now moved locations.)
Turkeys have poor night vision. (This means you can use your night vision goggles and sneak up on your turkey at night!)
It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30-pound tom turkey. (That’s a lot of feed—and a lot of something else, too, but we won’t go there.)
The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. (I’m guessing that was one tough bird.)
The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. (We can’t do that nowadays or we’d miss Black Friday.)
Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast. (Except for the rabbit, that sounds mighty good to me.)
In 2007, Americans consumed 690 million pounds of turkey—the approximate weight of the population of Singapore. (Now, I’m thinking that’s a LOT of turkey. Maybe it should be Americans purchased 690 million pounds of turkey, but the figure comes from the National Turkey Foundation and who am I to argue with them? They might call me a turkey!)
And, of course, Ben Franklin was in favor of the turkey as our official United States bird. In a letter to his daughter, Franklin referred to the eagle’s “bad moral character” and further stated, “the turkey is a much more respectable bird.” (Now I ask you—does that eagle look like it has bad moral character?)
Minnesota is where you can find the most turkeys. (I thought it was Washington D.C.—but I guess that’s a different kind of turkey, right?)
And last, but not least, the majority of the cranberries in your sauce do not come from Massachusetts, but from Wisconsin. (I’ll need to take a trip to Wisconsin and check out their bogs.)
There you have it—a few fun facts to help you make it through that turkey, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings.
May you find joy as you thank God for your many blessings.