Turkey. It is more than just another paltry poultry this week; it's a full blown obsession. The birds have been elevated to icon status, and, like any good American icon, we like them best when they’re dead.
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2. Turkeys make at least 20 distinct vocalizations. Males tend to make gobbling sounds during the spring mating season. Turkeys also respond to humans—whether that means hunters with callers or people like
3. The world has six known turkey species. Only one of those species (Meleagris gallopavo) has been widely domesticated, and only eight varieties are commercially raised and recognized by the
4. Over the last half century, the weight of the average turkey has increased 57 percent, swelling from 18 pounds to 28 pounds, according to the USDA's Nationa
5. Antibiotics are standard additions to commercially blended poultry feed. (So are corn, hydrolyzed feather meal, and blood meal). Hormones are not, but you can still find the label “no hormones” as long as manufacturers
6. The value of about 250 million turkeys, which are selling for around $1.09 per pound this year, totals around $3.6 billion, much of that consolidated in
7. Every year since 1947, the president has pardoned a turkey. No joke. Last year, the turkey was flown to Disneyland and got to participate in the nearby Rose Parade on New Year's Day. No joke, either. This year, two turkeys from