1 Shippan Turkey Trot: 21 Fun Facts About Turkeys!

21 Fun Facts About Turkeys!

  1. Male turkeys are called "gobblers" and female turkeys are called "hens"
  2. A group of turkeys is known as a rafter or a gang
  3.  While most turkeys don't understand spoken languages, they do understand the language of dance
  4. Male turkeys produce spiral-shaped feces while females produce feces shaped like the letter J
  5. Through two thirds of the process, turducken sounds like a very good idea to most turkeys
  6. Turkeys and cockroaches are the only two animals thought capable of surviving nuclear war
  7. Benjamin Franklin never actually proposed the turkey as the national bird
  8. But he was engaged to one briefly in 1745
  9. During mating season, a male turkey's gobbles can be made to mimic "Smooth Operator" by Sade
  10. And the lady turkeys love this
  11. Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour
  12. However, turkeys are NOT allowed to drive in most states
  13. Turkeys are protective of their eggs, making the gathering more challenging
  14. Turkey was originally served on Thanksgiving to commemorate the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared fear of the Ottoman Empire
  15. A turkey's head changes colors when they become excited
  16. Gobbling turkeys can be heard up to a mile away
  17. But, it's when you can't hear a thing that they are the most dangerous
  18. Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity
  19. Turkey meat is accepted as legal tender at most post offices throughout the month of November
  20. The wild turkey was hunted nearly to extinction in the early 1900s, when the population reached a low of around 30,000 birds
  21. They're still pretty pissed about this

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