In the spirit of the holiday season, we shared some fun facts about the turkey last year, and decided to continue the holiday tradition!

“Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?”
Everyone’s flightless friend, Big Bird is most thankful for his friendship to the turkey. Without turkeys, that daunting eight-foot frame of Big Bird would be naked! The costume is made up of nearly 4,000 white turkey feathers dyed bright yellow. And even though Big Bird refers to himself as many different birds on the show, a turkey is not one of them.

National Bird of the United States of America: The Wild Turkey?
Ben Franklin clearly didn’t see the light with this decision. This founding father made an argument for the wild turkey to become the national bird of the United States! In his defense, the true American turkey was “wild and wary to the point of genius,” said author G.T. Klein. Needless to say, we went with the bald eagle.

Hey, You Turkey!
Evidently the domestic turkey caught a bad rap in the 70’s and that reputation has stuck to present day. Throughout the 70’s a popular slang expression used to describe a person doing a stupid thing was referred to as a “turkey.” The nickname meant you were incompetent and was meant to draw comparison to the domestic turkey, which was bred, into a condition of profound stupidity.

Just the Good Ol’ Boys, Never Meaning No Harm
Now this isn’t a Waylon Jennings song, but we’re sure we could draw some comparisons if we tried. The good ol’ boys, a turkey-hunting trip and a supply of bourbon is how the Kentucky Wild Turkey Bourbon company came to be. Hunter and distillery executive, Thomas McCarthy, brought a private supply of bourbon along with him on an annual wild turkey hunt with his friends. From then on out, he would honor the good old boys by fulfilling their request a year later for more bourbon, taking the “Wild Turkey” nickname and turned it into the brand of the legendary Kentucky bourbon.

The Turkey or the Fox Trot, You Decide
Let us take you back to a simpler time, when William McKinley held the presidency and the Turkey Trot reigned supreme. The dance, made popular in the early 1900’s, was thought of as demoralizing by conservative members of society as they attempted to have it banned from public functions. The displeasure only increased its popularity and soon couples everywhere danced around in circles bobbing their heads like the strutting tom turkey. Sadly, it didn’t take long for it to be replaced by the ever so popular Fox Trot.

So if you run out of things to talk about at the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, don’t hesitate to bring up these fun turkey topics! And don’t forget to stop by your local Sparkle Market to pick up your turkey and other Thanksgiving necessities!

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