Today's Wonder of the World is...the Turkey!
Flickr photo by William Dalton
Aren't turkeys majestic birds?
No wonder Claude Monet wanted to put them on canvas.
A French dinde says glouglou, not gobble gobble.
Monet's turkeys are lovely!
Although I must say, turkeys are prettier from a distance than up close.
Flickr photo by Festblues~
No offense, Turkey.
Readers, do you know your turkey anatomy?
The red thing hanging from the underside of their beaks is called a wattle, and that crazy looking scarf like protuberance that drapes over the top of the beak is called a snood.
Now you know, just in case it comes up in conversation.
I love this turkey too.
Flickr photo by rich66~
It reminds me what Benjamin Franklin said about the turkey, that it would be a better national symbol for the United States than the eagle. Here's an excerpt from a letter to his daughter on the subject. I found it fascinating!
"For my own part I wish the Eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead tree near the river, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the Eagle pursues him and takes it from him....
I am on this account not displeased that the figure is not known as a Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on."
Oh Ben, I would so love to have you over for tea!
Anyway, back to turkeys...
Look! The mystical turkey in a piece of wood is talking to you!
Flickr photo by clickclique
What's it saying?
Is it telling you to eat these instead?
Flickr photo by PhillipWest
Or maybe we should dig into this turkey cake!
Flickr photo by simmiecakes
I like the white meat. What about you?
Of course, you could forgo the turkey platter all together.
You can still have plenty of Thanksgiving spirit!
Just wear this on your head instead.
Photo by angelacatirina.etsy.com
You can find the knitting pattern on Etsy of course, here.
Or for a more subtle look, try this one instead.
Photo by plentyofyarn.etsy.com
Buy it at plentyofyarn.etsy.com
Or maybe this one at the same Etsy shop...
Flickr photo by plentyofyarn.etsy.com
Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering! Pass the stuffing, please!
Have a Wonder-full Tuesday, y'all!
And before you turkey trot away, take a look at this crazy gobbler in action! It makes me wonder that age old question: Why did the turkey cross the road?