A male turkey is called a tom, a female is a hen, and a youngster is a poult.
A group of turkeys is called a rafter.
The loose skin below a turkey's chin is called a wattle.
The warts on the wattle are called the caruncles.
Because the wild turkey is quick to defend itself and fight against all predators, Ben Franklin wanted it, rather than the bald eagle, to be the symbol of the United States.
The domestic tom can weigh up to 50 pounds, the domestic hen up to 16 pounds.
The wild tom can weigh up to 20 pounds, the wild hen up to 12 pounds.
The average person in the United States will eat 17 pounds of turkey this year, compared with 9 pounds for the average Canadian.
The top turkey-producing state in the United States is Minnesota, with 47 million turkeys a year.
Turkeys perched on trees and refusing to descend indicate snow. --Old weather proverb
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Please don't drink and drive.