21 Facts About Turkey That Will Help You Sound Intelligent At Thanksgiving Dinner.
Whether you're the biggest turkey fan in the world, a casual turkey enthusiast who only eats it once a year, or a vegetarian who doesn't touch the stuff, there is one turkey-related realm that all can agree one: Turkey facts are downright interesting.
Below are some of the most fascinating facts about the regal bird that you probably didn't know. For instance, do you know what a teenage turkey is called? Or how, exactly, the turkey got its name? These answers and more are in the list below -- #20 is truly surprising.
#1. Hundreds of years ago, merchants from the Ottoman empire in Turkey brought birds to trade in Europe. Eventually, the turkey found it's way to the rest of the world, armed with a name from whence it came.
#2. A turkey’s gender can be determined from its feces. Males produce spiral-shaped poop, while the females' stools are shaped like the letter J.
#3. When it came to choosing America's national bird, Ben Franklin was not in support of the bald eagle. He believed that the eagle wasn't a "respectable" bird, and one legend states that he would have preferred the turkey to have the title instead.
#4. Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. They can fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
#5. The ballroom dance the “turkey trot” was named for the odd, jerky steps that the turkey makes when it's running around.
#6. The presidential turkey pardon was started by former president Harry Truman.
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#7. A group of related male turkeys will band together to court females. Unfortunately, only one male actually gets a chance to mate.
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