November 23, 2009

Spinning up some Fun Turkey Trivia



The mad dash for getting everything done in time for Thanksgiving has begun! I've gotten most of my shopping done for the Thanksgiving Feast, but discovered I'd forgotten to pick up a few very important ingredients... oops!

So I'll be joining the last-minute masses in battling my way through the aisles to get those last minute things that I forgot. I'll either do that today or I have to do it by tomorrow, because Wednesday will be set aside for making all the 'make ahead' stuff so I'm not trapped in the kitchen all day on Thursday.  I'm sure I'll procrastinate until tomorrow since I want to spend some time catching up on blog reading I'm way behind on.

The house still needs a thorough cleaning - I got started, but Tornado Nagger seems to make short work of any cleanliness there is. She'll be off school for the holiday starting Wednesday, so here's hoping I can keep her busy with me in the kitchen so she won't destroy the clean rooms I'll hopefully have accomplished by then. I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd start off this very hectic week with some fun Turkey Trivia for you to enjoy...

Turkey Facts

Here turkey, turkey, turkey
  • Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. However, most turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy areas.
  • The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain.
They what?
  • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.
Eat, sleep, gobble
  • Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset.
  • Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.
  • Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.
Eyes in the backs of their heads?
  • A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.
And they're fast, too!
  • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
So close, yet so far
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.

Of course I can't have a truly fun Turkey post without adding the Adam Sandler Turkey Song:


video


This week Jen from Sprite's Keeper is dedicating the entire week for the Spin Cycle on Giving Thanks... What does this post have to do with Giving Thanks?  Well I'm very thankful for the yummy turkey, of course!  I'm going to see if I can be creative enough to participate every day...we'll see how that goes!  Meanwhile, head on over and check out the other Thankful Spinners and join in the fun!

33 Random Sassy Comments:

Vodka Logic said...

My dad used to raise turkeys and I will vouch for the drowning in the rain.

We had a rooster have a heart attack why not a turkey.

Fun facts thanks

Tammy Howard said...

I love it when I learn something new. I sure didn't know turkeys spent their nights in trees!

mo.stoneskin said...

"The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain."

Couldn't disagree more. The best time to see a turkey is on your plate on Christmas day with a dollop of cranberry.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Love the information (who knew they had heart attacks?!?!) and of course I love Adam Sandler!!

kyooty said...

I've never heard that song before, I've heard of it but never heard it. HA!!! turkey. Poor heart Attack drowning birds.

Bren said...

We have wild turkeys in the area (they strolled through the neighborhood a few weeks ago). They can move pretty fast when spooked that's for sure!

Toni said...

OMG Stacy that 'they what' section about Turkeys had me laughing out loud in the office - great stuff!

Martha in PA said...

Fun facts!!! Don't tire yourself out too much this week, you need to ENJOY the day! We just need to make a couple dishes to take to my nephews, so it will be pretty relaxed for us!

Justine said...

Did you just say a turkey can drown just by putting its head up in the rain? That's insane! I love these little trivia facts... so fun!
And wow, look at how young Adam was. He's so lovable.

Justine :o )

Jan said...

I knew turkeys can drown if they look up, but not about the heart attacks. Of course, if a sonic book went off over MY head unexpectedly, I'd probably drop dead of a heart attack, too.

I LOVE Adam Sandler's Turkey Song. What a way to start off a Monday morning - thanks, Stacy!!

jewelryandgiftsbyrebecca said...

Thanks for the trivia, I can't wait to bring the fun facts up on Thursday.

Have a happy T-day!!!!!

diane said...

Let me get this straight: to avoid spending all day Thursday in the kitchen.....you are spending all day Wednesday. in. the. kitchen.
Turkeys aren't very bright, I no longer feel guilty about eating them.

Sprite's Keeper said...

Turkeys can drown just by looking up in the rain? I guess the term "keep your head up" is over their heads.
I'll be thankful for turkey on Thursday. And Friday. And Saturday. Oy, where are my Tums?
You're linked!

buffalodick said...

Another couple of facts- Turkeys in the wild land like a bag of thrown garbage- funny to watch, I've seen it! Domesticated or turkeys raised for consumption cannot fly- too heavy, as they are bred for tenderness and more breast meat..

Casey said...

Wow, turkeys sound kind of dumb. And that heart attack fact was strange, I can't believe huge groups of turkeys just keel over like that.

Raven said...

I read somewhere that turkey farmers can't keep their turkeys outside when it rains cuz they're so dumb they'll just keep looking up at it until they drown.

I had no idea about the rest. I was very surprised to learn that they sleep in trees.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Brian Miller said...

ha love the turkey song...wacky turkey trivia...its raining here again, i'll try not to look up! hope you and your family have agreat thanksgiving!

Jenni said...

Turkeys are also stubborn. I grew up in a rural area, so it was not uncommon to happen upon a flock of turkeys taking up the road. It was hell to get them to move. They were not afraid of honking horns or revving engines. You'd have to get out of your car and chase the things, and even that didn't always work! So, yeah, they are stubborn. Or just big jerks.

Kristina P. said...

So interesting! I had no idea about the rain and drowning one.

blueviolet said...

I didn't know they roosted up in trees. That's interesting. My animal lover of a son found this entire post fascinating!

Debbie said...

What a great idea for a post! I did not know that about the heart attacks!

Mrsbear said...

OMG Adam Sandler looks so young!

I just had a lengthy conversation with my MIL about turkey. She's a vegetarian and she thinks the idea of giving thanks by slaughtering a poor defenseless creature is barbaric. I think any animal that can drown during a heavy downpour ought to be roasted for the good of all. :P

Yaya said...

Wow, I never knew they were so fast! Or that they slept in trees!

Mrsblogalot said...

I will enjoy Thanksgiving much more knowing what I am eating (-:
xoxoxMelyssa

The Crazy Coxes said...

Love the turkey facts! I have a little Thanksgiving treat over at my place for you. It's better than turkey and doesn't take long to prepare!

♥georgie♥ said...

i knew some of the turkey facts but all of them veddy interesting!

stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Pam said...

I have to head out into the last minute shopping too. No fun.

otin said...

Stacy, do you remember the WKRP in Cincinatti episode where they threw the turkeys out of the helicopter as a promotional event? One of the funniest sitcom moments ever!

Lady Mama said...

Wow, turkeys are fast!

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They must be super stressed for them to catch a heart attack.

These trivia are really cool...I don't know where I can use it (on a game show perhaps) but its cool to learn new things.

bernthis said...

I'm about to put my kid to bed and boy am I thankful that I have the opportunity to have a such a wonderful kid

Marla said...

Fun read! I think we might use these at our Thanksgiving table for trivia. Thanks!

Grand Pooba said...

Yikes, how am I supposed to eat a turkey now!??