A turkey test for our Turkey Day guests

In honor of King Turkey Day today, I decided to put together a little quiz about our fine feathered friend, the turkey.

As most of you may know, the two-heat race between Worthington’s turkey Paycheck, and that other bird – Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas – determines who wins bragging rights for the year as the Turkey Capitol of the World.

I researched agricultural statistics, took a refresher course in the anatomy of my favorite fowl (I used to know this stuff when I showed turkeys as a 4-H project), and found a couple of interesting turkey trivia sites on the Internet to compile the questions below. (Answers are posted at the bottom … don’t cheat!)

1. Which state ranked first in turkey production in 2009?
a. Minnesota
b. Texas
c. North Carolina
d. Arkansas

2. Which county produces the most turkeys in Minnesota?
a. Ottertail
b. Nobles
c. Kandiyohi
d. Cook

3. The United States raises more than half of the world’s turkey supply.
a. True
b. False

4. The fleshy growth that dangles from the base of a turkey’s beak (it’s longer on a male turkey) is called the:
a. dangler
b. snood
c. snot
d. trunk

5. Who wanted to make the wild turkey the national bird, instead of the eagle?
a. Abraham Lincoln
b. Franklin D. Roosevelt
c. Benjamin Franklin
d. John Adams

6. Male turkeys have beards.
a. True
b. False

7. Approximately how many feathers does an adult turkey have?
a. One million
b. 2,500
c. 3,500
d. 465

8. What is a male turkey called?
a. bull
b. gander
c. rooster
d. tom

9. On what holiday is the most turkey consumed?
a. Christmas
b. Thanksgiving
c. Fourth of July
d. Valentine’s Day

10. How fast can a wild turkey run?
a. 40 miles per hour
b. 5 miles per hour
c. 25 miles per hour
d. It depends on who’s chasing it – faster if it’s the Paycheck Race Team and slower if it’s Ruby’s Race Team.

And the answers are…

1. a. (North Carolina was second, and Arkansas third. Texas didn’t make the top 10!); 2. c. (6.51 million pounds in 2002); 3. a. (271,084,000 head in 2009); 4. b.; 5. c.; 6. a. (the coarse hair can be found growing on their chest); 7. c.; 8. d.; 9. b.; 10. c.

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