Ben Franklin Was Right
Dr. Jim Denison
You and your fellow Americans consumed 45 million turkeys over Thanksgiving, eating 525 million pounds of turkey meat. I thought you should know something about the meal you just consumed, so I looked up turkey facts in preparation for today’s message. Here is what I learned:
Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning.
They start gobbling before sunrise and continue through most of the morning. Males make a gobbling noise to attract females; females make a clicking sound.
Their field of vision is 270 degrees. The wild turkey has excellent hearing. A turkey can run up to 25 miles per hour and fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. However, domesticated or farm-raised turkeys cannot fly.
A mature turkey has around 3,500 feathers. The Apache Indians considered the turkey timid, and wouldn’t eat it or use its feathers on their arrows.
The male is called a “tom,” the female a “hen,” and the baby a “poult.” Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United Stated, but Thomas Jefferson opposed this idea. It is believed that Franklin then named the male turkey the “tom” to spite Jefferson.