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Woe is Turkey

November 22, 2006

In the pantheon of holiday creatures, the turkey gets no respect. Bunnies are cute, leprechauns are rich, bald eagles are majestic, black cats are feared, and reindeer can fly. Turkeys are eaten. (Unless you’re a cannibal, this is not normally a sign of respect.)

Perhaps the wren comes closest to the turkey’s public scorn, but even the wren does not suffer from such terribly low self-esteem.

Other turkey grievances:

  • Was not selected as one of the twelve animals on the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
  • Is not even from Turkey. Was incorrectly named as a result of confusion with another bird also incorrectly identified as being from Turkey.
  • Would never follow a fox into a cave despite apocryphal stories to the contrary.
  • Inextricably associated with bowling.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. truce permalink
    November 27, 2006 6:18 am

    But, apparently, Benjamin Franklin was badly electrocuted while trying to do same to a turkey in December 1750… so they clearly get their own back every once in a while!

  2. November 29, 2006 9:09 pm

    Aha…seems the Ben Franklin turkey & electricity tale got overshadowed by the now-legendary kite & electricity one. Yet another turkey grievance!

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