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Monday, December 4, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

The noble turkey. There is no more classic holiday meal than a delicious turkey, roasted to golden perfection. In fact, turkeys were so popular that before domestication wild turkeys were practically hunted to extinction in New England.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day."

HINT: (1912-2003), was an American newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, television talk-show host, and a radio broadcast personality based in Chicago, Illinois.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

To debunk a popular turkey tale, Benjamin Franklin did not advocate for the turkey as the National Bird. However, according to The Franklin Institute, he was against the Bald Eagle, stating in a letter to his daughter that it was a "Bird of bad moral Character" whereas the turkey was a "much more respectable Bird...a Bird of Courage."

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Turkeys are named after the country. Linguists theorize that early Europeans were reminded of the African Guinea Fowl which had come to Europe through Turkey, and the similarity led to its name.

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The first official presidential turkey pardon wasn't given until George H.W. Bush's in 1989, although reports credit many presidents with the tradition including Abraham Lincoln, whose son took a liking to the turkey destined for Christmas dinner, and Harry Truman, who was the first to appear in a photo op with a turkey that would later be served.

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A turkey's gender can be determined from its droppings-a male's will be shaped like the letter J, a female's more spiral-shaped.

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They have excellent vision, seeing three times more clearly than 20/20. Turkeys can also see in color and have a 270 degree field of vision.

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Wild Turkey populations plummeted in the 19th century due to popularity as a game bird and loss of habitat, disappearing entirely from New England.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day."

ANSWER: Irv Kupcinet.

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