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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.