Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I am not going to offer anything about the markets. Today was a nasty washout sort of day. My post the other night calling the market "Damaged Goods" is holding up. The technical damage is bad, and the hit to confidence as I wrote last night is not helping. Great time to take a break and think over things.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Turkey
I am hoping all the readers have a great Thanksgiving. I have plenty to be thankful for this year and I am sure you do too. Grab some turkey and some drinks and have a great time, as hard as that annoying member of the family makes it.

Now about Turkey.

Here are a bunch of random facts about Turkey I culled from the Wikipedia page. Enjoy!

-The Aztecs associated the turkey with their trickster god Tezcatlipoca, perhaps because of its humorous behavior
-The 16th-century English navigator William Strickland is generally credited with introducing the turkey into England
-Mature toms are too large to achieve natural fertilization without injuring the hens, so their semen is collected, and hens are inseminated artificially. Several hens can be inseminated from each collection, so fewer toms are needed (of course right?)
-A baby turkey is called a poult:
-Unlike chicken, duck, and quail eggs, turkey eggs are not commonly sold as food due to the high demand for whole turkeys and lower output of eggs as compared with other fowl. The value of a single turkey egg is estimated to be about US $3.50 on the open market, substantially more than a carton of one dozen chicken eggs.

Turkey in Cinema?
Some turkey sightings in films.

-Of course, in "A Christmas Story" the turkey gets gobbled up by the dogs next door!
-In "Rocky I" when Rocky comes to take Adrian out, Pauly throws the turkey outside so she has no excuse not to go.
-In National Lampoons "Christmas Vacation" the overcooked turkey deflates upon cutting.

And of course, Adam Sandler's "Thanksgiving Song":

Enjoy the holiday.

Have a good night.


David Batista said...

LOL! Shoulda known you'd get all Wikipedia on us! I keep forgetting your obsession. :)

And, OMG! I immediately think of National Lampoons whenever I think of turkey. Thank you!

Of course, another infamous gobble, gobble caper comes by way of that comedic genius across the pond, Rowan Atkinson! Who could ever forget that hideously monstrous turkey he damn near had to wrestle with to prepare? If you want to see what I'm talking about, check out the clip: Mr. Bean Stuff's the Christmas Turkey. Can never get enough Mr. Bean!

Have a good one, my friend.

getyourselfconnected said...

LOL! Never seen that! Have a nice holiday bro.

Watchtower said...

Great find David!

That Mr. Bean is a riot.

GawainsGhost said...

I just want to wish all the good people on this blog a Happy Thanksgiving.

I did not know that a baby turkey is called a poult. I knew a baby cow was called a calf, a baby horse a pony, a baby swan a singlet, but a baby turkey?

It's odd, but did you know that Benjamin Franklin wanted to name the turkey the national bird? Fortunately, the Congress then had more sense and voted for the eagle.

A turkey is so stupid that when it's raining, the bird will look up at the sky, open its mouth and drown. Same with a chicken. You can grab a chicken, hold it head to the ground, then draw a straight line with chalk from its beak, and it will lay there paralyzed. There are a lot worse birds that could be our symbol.

By the way, I had never heard of fried turkey until last week. We don't cook turkey like that in Texas. It's either smoked or baked. But then we do crazy things like barbeque beef down here.

In parting, I would just like to say that collective nouns are my favorite words. A parliament of owls, a murder of crows, now that's descriptive language. A clusterfuck of Cowboys.

You watch. This game against the Dolphins is going to be closer than a lot of people think.

getyourselfconnected said...

Happy Thanksgiving all, I have the best readers anywhere.

GawainsGhost said...

What did I tell you? It came down to a field goal in the final seconds to win by 1 point.

All I have to say about these Cowboys is this. Luck is a four letter word.

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