Good day friends and family! I pray that you are all having a wonderful day in the Lord. It certainly has been a chilly one in my part of the world. The temperature only reached a frigid 45 degrees. We even topped it off with a wind chill in the thirties. We are not used to that type of weather around here. I would not mind the cold so much if it were snowing, but it certaily doesn’t look like its going to do that any time soon. But I am thankful for the cool weather none the less.
Well, we all know what next Thursday is. Its Thanksgiving! I am so excited about that day. I believe, that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The smell of pumpkin pie in the oven, the creamy mashed potatos, and the plump turkey, roasting in the oven. I’m making myself hungry thinking about it!
But before you dress and carve that oh, so wonderful fowl, I thought I would give you some fun and interesting facts on Ole’Tom. I hope you enjoy them!
At one time, the turkey and the bald eagle were each considered as the national symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin was one of those who argued passionately on behalf of the turkey. Franklin felt the turkey, although "vain and silly", was a better choice than the bald eagle, whom he felt was "a coward".
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving—that’s one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. American per capita consumption of turkeys has soared from 8.3 pounds in 1975 to 18.5 pounds in 1997. Ten years later, the number has dropped slightly in 2007 to 17.5 pounds.
In 2007, more than 260 million turkeys were raised with an average liveweight per bird of 28 pounds with nearly 6 billion pounds of turkey processed. By contrast, in 1970, only 105 million birds were raised with an average liveweight of 17 pounds and 1.5 billion pounds processed.
In 2002, retail sales of turkey was approximately $3.6 billion. Forecasts for 2008 expect sales to reach $4.3 billion.
Age is a determining factor in taste. Old, large males are preferable to young toms (males) as tom meat is stringy. The opposite is true for females: old hens are tougher birds.
A turkey under sixteen weeks of age is called a fryer, while a young roaster is five to seven months old.
Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.
Turkeys have great hearing, but no external ears. They can also see in color, and have excellent visual acuity and a wide field of vision (about 270 degrees), which makes sneaking up on them difficult. However, turkeys have a poor sense of smell (what’s cooking?), but an excellent sense of taste.
Domesticated turkeys cannot fly. Wild turkeys, however, can fly for short distances at speeds up to 55 miles per hour. They can also reach speeds of 25 miles per hour on the ground.
Turkeys sometimes spend the night in trees.
Turkeys can have heart attacks: turkeys in fields near the Air Force test areas over which the sound barrier was broken were known to drop dead from the shock of passing jets
The ballroom dance known as the Turkey Trot was named for the short, jerky steps a turkey makes.
I pray that you have a wonderful day in the Lord! Stay Warm!