Strut Their Stuff
What would we have served for Thanksgiving if Ben Franklin had gotten his wish and the turkey had indeed ended up America’s National Bird? Turkeys have been running around the countryside for nearly forever. Turkey bones have been found by archaeologists dating back to almost six thousand years, so they were probably on somebody’s dinner menu at sometime or another during all that time. But why did ol’ Ben think the turkey could hold such a distinguished place in our nation’s beginnings? Well, wild turkeys, while they don’t look like they could move very fast, being rather short and wide, can actually run like the wind and fly at least as fast as the legal speed limit. And wild turkey’s feathers are quite colorful, including black, brown, golden, and shades of red to iridescent blue. Domestic turkeys are a whole different matter, they have mostly white feathers, and they can’t run, let alone fly, which seals their fate when it comes to Thanksgiving fare. So, while Mr. Franklin didn’t win the majority vote to have the turkey be our National Bird, he would probably be happy that the turkey has definitely secured a place in our nation’s history and hearts. After all, they do say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.