Turkey Talk

WhiteTurkeyBirdFaceThanksgiving is in two, TWO days!!! Can you believe that? That also means exams are coming up, the semester is almost over, and Christmas is only 29 days away!! Good gracious, I do believe we are entering a whirl wind. I hope none of you have procrastinated like I have and will be studying or writing a paper over break, but if you are, don’t forget to spend time with family, remember what you are thankful for, and most importantly eat loads of good food. The Pine Burr staff would like to wish you all safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wait!! We almost forgot. We wanted to share a few facts about the bird that this holiday centers around… the turkey!!

  • Domesticated turkeys cannot fly
  • June is National Turkey Lovers’ Month
  • A male turkey is called a tom and a female is a hen
  • Only toms can gobble
  • North Carolina is the 2nd largest producer of turkeys
  • Turkeys have around 3,500 feathers at maturity
  • 46 million turkeys were estimated to have been eaten in 2011 for thanksgiving
  • Wild turkeys are brown and the typical domesticated turkey is white; however, there are other breeds that come in gray, red, and other colors
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey our national bird. Franklin wrote to his daughter, referring to the eagle’s “bad moral character,” saying, “I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country! The turkey is a much more respectable bird, andwithal a true original native of America.”

So there you go. The mighty turkey is quite the unique bird and very popular come Thanksgiving. We hope you all have a wonderful break. Let us know what you are doing for Thanksgiving. Send us pictures of your turkey, family and events over break! Make sure to tag #creekthanks .


Written by: Marisa Linton

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