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Turkey Trivia


  • Minnesota raises more turkeys than any other state in the Union (an estimated 49 million birds in 2008).

  • According to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, wild turkeys have roamed the Americas for more than 10 million years. In fact, turkeys are the only type of poultry native to the Americas.

  • The Aztecs were reportedly the first to domesticate the turkey. When Cortez arrived in the New World in 1519, it is said that representatives of Montezuma gifted Cortez with six gold representations of a turkey.roast turkey

  • Wild turkeys can fly; domesticated turkeys cannot because they’re bred to be heavier. The average lifespan of a domesticated turkey is 10 years versus 3-4 years for turkeys in the wild.

  • It has been reported that wild turkeys can fly as fast as 55 miles per hour and run at a top speed of 25 miles per hour, but only for short distances.

  • Linguists believe the term “turkey” to describe a show business failure was first used in the U.S. in 1927. The American use of the term “turkey” to characterize a stupid or ineffectual person is said to date back to the early 1950s.

  • turkeyTurkeys have never been perceived as the geniuses of the bird world. They can reportedly drown if they look up while it is raining, and have been known to drop dead from heart attacks due to fear from exceptionally loud noises.

  • Harry Truman was the first U.S. president to pardon the White House Thanksgiving turkey in 1947. Every president since has pardoned the ceremonial turkey, which is then allowed to “retire.” The National Turkey Federation reports that pardoned presidential turkeys are currently sent to Disneyland for retirement.

Source:  Greeting Card Association  




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