Turkeys get no respect: Apart from their dubious fame as center of the Thanksgiving table, how much do any of us really know about turkeys? A friend of mine drove into a flying turkey on a highway (and thankfully wound up fine -- except for her windshield.) The first words out of every body's mouths were, "Turkeys fly??????"
10) Wild turkeys do fly, while their heavier, domestic pals cannot. Up to 55-mph, apparently!
9) Domestic turkeys have been bred to be heavier. Nearly twice the weight of wild turkeys. Typically, they are the guys who grace our plates.
8) Wild turkey heads can change color in a flash (blue, white, red, or pink pigments) when the bird is upset or excited.
7) Only male turkeys (toms) "gobble."
6) Most of the colors have been bred out of domestic turkeys. They are typically white.
5) A wild turkey's "gobble" can be heard a mile away.
4) Turkeys have a 270-degree field of view.
3) Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, rather than the bald eagle. On a personal note, I find the thought of a turkey emblazoned on our currency to be rather funny.
2) Big Bird's costume (on Sesame Street) is made of 4,000 turkey feathers dyed yellow!
1) My favorite fact: Turkeys have weird names for parts of their face: The wattle or dewlap (the growth under the chin,) the caruncles (fleshy bumps on the head,) and the snood (that bit of flesh that hangs over the beak.)
My goal for today: To use the word, "snood" in a sentence.