Originally created 11/25/03

Turkeys play a big role in Thanksgiving



Turkeys don't go "Gobble, gobble." Actually, they chirp.

Yes, I know it's weird, but it's true.

There are many facts people don't know about turkeys. For instance, the wild turkey is a native bird of northern Mexico and the eastern United States, and it can fly! The domestic turkey, the one we love so much for Thanksgiving dinner, is twice the weight of a wild one, so most are too heavy to fly.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, having a turkey for dinner has been a tradition since the Pilgrims ate the bird with the American Indians for that first feast. Or did they? There was never really any proof given that turkey was on the menu.

Still the turkey was such a beloved bird that Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the national bird instead of the bald eagle.

Many people don't know all the facts, but they sure do enjoy the taste.

James Bower, an economics teacher at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School, said he enjoys the many forms turkey can take. His favorite: "Leftover, cold turkey on white bread with mayo, salt and pepper."

Despite how good a turkey may taste, one fact can't be denied, said Suzie Reeves, 16.

"Oh my God, they're so ugly," said the Davidson sophomore. "They look like a chicken and a peacock got together ... and had a child."

I couldn't have said it better myself. Whether you're a turkey fan or not, Happy Thanksgiving!

JoLondon Givens is a sophomore at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School.