Turkeys have been running around the countryside nearly forever. Archaeologists have found turkey bones dating back to almost six thousand years; so they were probably on somebody’s dinner menu long before Thanksgiving ever became a national holiday. But what would be on our Thanksgiving platters if Ben Franklin had gotten his wish and the turkey had ended up America’s National Bird instead of the eagle? Better question, why did ol’ Ben think the turkey could hold such a distinguished place in our nation’s beginnings? Well, wild turkeys can actually run like the wind and fly at least as fast as the legal speed limit. Wild turkey’s feathers are also 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 I guess has sealed 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.