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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Some interesting facts about the turkey.

Published on: Nov 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving. Here's a list of turkey facts, you might find of interest.

•    Ben Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official United States bird.

•    In 2000, the average American ate 17.75 pounds of turkey.

•    The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

•    A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

•    The male turkey is called a tom.

•    The female turkey is called a hen.

•    The turkey was domesticated in Mexico and brought to Europe in the 16th century.

•    Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour.

•    Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.

•    Turkeys' heads change colors when they become excited.

•    Most of the turkeys raised for commercial production are White Hollands.

•    It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.

•    A domesticated male turkey can reach a weight of 30 pounds within 18 weeks after hatching.

•    Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.

•    Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.

•    Nineteen million turkeys are eaten each Easter.

•    Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.
 
•    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.

•    The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, stew or soup, salad, casserole and stir-fry.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

If you'd like to see more odd Turkey facts - visit the University of Illinois Urban Extension's Web site at
www.urbanext.uiuc.edu.