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LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 26: Volunteers prepare traditional Thanksgiving meals for homeless people at the Salvation Army November 26, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated to give thanks for the fall harvest. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Did you know turkeys don’t actually make you sleepy?

If you’re like the majority of North Americans you’ll be eating a turkey on Thanksgiving. But how much do you actually know about this delicious bird we traditionally consume. Check out these turkey facts and blow away your family with your turkey knowledge.

  • In England, 200 years ago, turkeys were walked to market in herds. They even wore booties to protect their feet.
  • Turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the birds often fall over.
  • The National Turkey Federation presents a turkey to the President each year. The President does not eat the turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.
  • Eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner. Carbohydrates in your Thanksgiving dinner are the likely cause of your sleepiness.
  • The costume that “Big Bird” wears on Sesame Street is rumored to be made of turkey feathers.
  • Israelis eat the most turkeys – 28-pounds per person, per year.
  • Only tom turkeys gobble.
  • Hen turkeys make a clicking noise.
  • Domesticated turkeys cannot fly.
  • Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour and can run 20 miles per hour.
  • June is actually National Turkey Lovers’ Month (maybe celebrating the birds the same month that we eat so many would be rude?)!
  • While white meat is generally preferred in the United States, other countries choose the dark meat. If that’s how the averages feel at your Thanksgiving table, there’s a reason. A turkey typically has about 70% white meat and 30% dark meat.

Do you deep fry your bird? Or perhaps your turkey is a tofurkey. Let us know @theMRLshow

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