Thanksgiving Thankfulness and Fun

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on November 22, 2012 · 13 comments

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Today is a day of thankfulness.  As I do final preparations for this afternoon’s Mega Feast, I pause and give thanks for many things. I’m thankful to God for blessing me with a beautiful daughter in spite of the prospect of not being able to have children – I couldn’t have special-ordered a more wonderful child if I tried.

I’m thankful for my hubby who loves me just for me and works hard to support our family. I’m thankful for all my family members, even though we’re thousands of miles apart I know they’ll be thinking of me today, as I will be thinking of them. I’m thankful for my circle of friends who truly make me laugh.

Speaking of laughter, here’s some fun Turkey Trivia for you to enjoy…

Turkey Facts

Nom, Nom, Nom

Approximately 45 million other turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving in addition to yours. Though that might seem like an awful lot of turkey; surprisingly enough, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, that number only represents 33 percent of the turkeys sold every year.

Americans consume well over ½ billion pounds of turkey every Thanksgiving.

Here turkey, turkey, turkey

Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. However, most turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy areas.

The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain.

They what?

Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.

If you read that turkeys are so stupid that they can drown when they look up when it’s raining (and you believe it) maybe the joke is on you. (Check out Snopes.)

Eat, sleep, gobble

Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset.

Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.

Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.

“Gobble, gobble” actually translates as, “Hey baby, lookin good….wanna go out sometime?” in turkey language. Incidentally, only male turkeys “gobble, gobble.” Female turkeys make a clicking sound.

Eyes in the backs of their heads?

A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.

And they’re fast, too…

A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

Although wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour, domesticated turkeys can’t fly at all.

So close, yet so far

Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.

Thanksgiving Jokes

Why don’t turkeys ever eat on Thanksgiving? Because they’re already stuffed.

Why was the little turkey sent to his room? For using fowl language.

Why did the turkey cross the road? To prove he wasn’t chicken.

When the turkey got arrested, what crime was he charged with? Fowl play of course.

A class of third-graders were asked to write what they were most thankful for. Jessica wrote, “I’m thankful I’m not a turkey.”

Of course I can’t have a truly fun Turkey post without adding the Adam Sandler Turkey Song:

 

Enjoy this wonderful fun-filled (and food-filled) Holiday and be sure to take a moment to stop and count all your blessings. I know I will.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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This Thankful and Fun Spin Cycle was brought to you in part by the lovely Gretchen at Second Blooming, who I’m definitely thankful for. Check out the other Thankful Spinners and be sure to thank them for me.

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1 Debby Pucci November 22, 2012 at 1:21 am

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! I love when Adam Sandler sings :)
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2 Alex November 22, 2012 at 2:29 am

Happy thanks giving day..This is the day that you have to spend time with the whole family..
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3 brian miller November 22, 2012 at 7:40 am

ha….fun facts….hope you and PN and all your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving
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4 Lily Sullivan November 22, 2012 at 7:46 am

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
Happy thanks giving day :-)
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5 Jamie "ChatterBlossom November 22, 2012 at 9:02 am

I’m thankful that you ended this post with Adam Sandler’s song!!! Love that! ;-)
-Jamie
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6 Camille November 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Hahaha, great turkey facts. I hope you and your family are having a nice Thanksgiving!
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7 Xmasdolly November 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Cute Post! Hope yours was the best.
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8 Tracyann0312 November 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

There are so many things to be thankful with during thanksgiving. Good thing you have shared all of these ideas.
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9 Sarah Park November 23, 2012 at 2:35 am

Hi Stacy,

The turkey trivia are really funny. Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving. Though our place do not celebrate thanksgiving, I still take time thanking God for all the blessings he showered me everyday, and of course, for all the people who have been with me through thick and thin.
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10 Calra November 23, 2012 at 3:50 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Stacy..I am a big Adam Sandler fan. Thanks for the funny song.

11 Gretchen November 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I’m glad I read all of these turkey facts AFTER I cooked and ate that big boy. I might not have had the heart otherwise. He was very tasty though, I must say. And I’ll be sharing the jokes with Jude!

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12 becca November 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

hope you and your family had a wonderful thanksgiving
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13 Lynn November 25, 2012 at 10:01 am

Such a fun post…I love the Adam Sandler,” Turkey Song” tooo..funny.
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