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Turkey Time

a thanksgiving turkey

What would Thanksgiving be without the turkey? Although you may just think of your turkey as the centerpiece to your holiday meal, it turns out the turkey is a much cooler bird than you probably know.

Besides being renowned for its keen intelligence and sharp vision when avoiding hunters, the turkey was also the favored bird of founding father Benjamin Franklin. He even wanted it to be our national mascot. The wit and cunning turkeys possess are matched only by their superhero strengths, which including the ability to glide for one mile without flapping their wings and the ability to run 18 miles per hour.

The average American eats 15 pounds of turkey a year, and nearly a third of that is over the holidays. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, the president takes pity on one turkey every year by granting it a Presidential pardon. That’s one lucky bird!