So last night I was visiting and having a couple drinks with some local gals/blog-stalkers - LOL! They mentioned turkey trivia.... TURKEY TRIVIA - how festive! So I decided to go turkey trivia hunting myself! Here are some interesting turkey day facts you can enjoy sharing with your family over the holiday:
In 2007, the average American ate 17.5 pounds of turkey. (that's really only 1.5 lbs per month - not bad - poor Tom tho)
In 2007, 271,685,000 turkeys were produced in the United States. (cheese n rice!!!)
The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. (I'd like to see that turkey - good heavens!!)
A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
The female turkey is called a hen.
The male turkey is called a tom.
Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour. (holy sh*t!)
Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.
Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited. (typical male)
Six hundred seventy-five million pounds of turkey are eaten each Thanksgiving in the United States. (that's a lot of friggin turkey)
Turkeys can see movement almost a hundred yards away.
Turkeys lived almost ten million years ago.
Baby turkeys are called poults and are tan and brown.
Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and are larger than chicken eggs. (turkey eggs.... huh?)
U.S. Today growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.
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. (HA - they're the noisy ones!!!!! Stuff it!)
Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day. (typical male)
Illinois produced 2.8 million turkeys in 2007. (ILL - INI)
A 16 week old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster and a yearling is a year old. Any turkey 15 months or older is called mature.
Turkeys don’t really have ears like ours, but they have very good hearing.
Turkeys can see in color.
Turkeys do not see well at night.
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. (now THAT is interesting)
Wild turkeys spend the night in trees. They especially like oak trees.
Turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the turkeys fall over. (another visual)
June is National Turkey Lover’s Month. (hey, that's my brother's birthday month too - think it's a coincidence??? LOL)
Eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner. Carbohydrates in your Thanksgiving dinner are the likely cause of your sleepiness. (sure! my turkey day meal is always carb and calorie free)
Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
The costume that "Big Bird" wears on Sesame Street is rumored to be made of turkey feathers.
The fleshy growth under a turkey’s throat is called a wattle. (a what???)
Turkey eggs hatch in 28 days. (must be nice!)
Hope you all enjoyed! And I hope everyone has a SUPER D DUPER TURKEY DAY!!!!!!! Be sure to gobble up and send your favorite recipes my way! I'm going to start posting them.... perhaps we can all get some new, yummy recipes. And this isn't just Turkey day related recipes - I'd like to get some quick n easy recipes out there for everyone to enjoy! It's a crazy time of year, but it's still important we keep our lil' ones well fed! :~)
My love to All on this Glorious Holiday!!!!