Quotes About (Thanksgiving or Otherwise) Turkeys

Carolyn’s Online Magazine

QUOTES ABOUT

(THANKSGIVING OR OTHERWISE)

TURKEYS

Life is always a party, even Thanksgiving,

but sometimes you’re the guest of honor,

sometimes you’re the turkey. —b. huijsen

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President Barack Obama pardoned the national Thanksgiving turkey with a smile on Wednesday, but he admitted…he found the decades-old tradition “…a little puzzling that I do this every year, but I will say that I enjoy it because with all the tough stuff that swirls around in this office it’s nice once in a while just to say, ‘Happy Thanksgiving,'” he said.

The nearly 50-pound snow-white turkey calmly accepted the president’s pardon as flashbulbs burst and officials looked on.

Cheese and his alternate turkey, Mac, were both raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper’s son Cole, both of whom attended the ceremony Wednesday.

The two 20-week-old turkeys will enjoy a much more tranquil Thanksgiving than many of —they’re headed to “Turkey Hill” the historic turkey farm at Morven Park, the Leesburg, Va., home of former Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis, according to the White House.

ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE TURKEY

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Most people don’t realize turkeys are friendly they’re social, they’re loyal, they have emotions. —Shannon Elizabeth

Turkeys know their names, come when you call, are totally affectionate. They’re better than teenagers. —Elayne Boosler

When I was younger, I used to drive up to a bunch of turkeys, roll down the window and say something. They’d all gobble back at once.  —Levon Helm

After spending time with the rescued turkeys at Farm Sanctuary’s shelter and seeing how similar they are to my furry companion friends at home, I knew I needed to do everything in my power to protect these friendly and curious birds from the daily pain and suffering they endure on factory farms. —Ginnifer Goodwin

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Dear Lord, I’ve been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey before us… a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird… a social being… capable of actual affection… nuzzling its young with almost human-like compassion. Anyway, it’s dead and we’re gonna eat it. —Berke Breathed, Bloom County

Dear Lord, I’ve been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey before us… a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird… a social being… capable of actual affection… nuzzling its young with almost human-like compassion. Anyway, it’s dead and we’re gonna eat it. —Berke Breathed, Bloom County

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TURKEYS IN MASSACHUSETTS

First…You know, I don’t really understand a suburban environment. I want to be out in the woods. I want to be where it’s wild, I want to wake up and hear birds, I want to walk outside and see a gaggle of turkeys bouncing across my lawn—I want to be someplace like that—or I want to be right in the middle of an urban environment. —Karen Allen

N. Weymouth, Mass.

N. Weymouth, Mass.

Now for Massachusetts, where Wild turkeys have been a strange but common sight in suburban and even urban areas in metropolitan Boston for some time…

N. Weymouth, Mass.

N. Weymouth, Mass.

Massachusetts has an obvious connection to the turkey. It was in the commonwealth where the Pilgrims landed and later held the first Thanksgiving. Accounts vary on whether the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared turkey that day, but species meleagris gallopavo was hunted out of existence in Massachusetts by the mid-19th century.

Successful reintroduction efforts have brought the state’s fall turkey population to around 20,000 birds …. but some residents of nearby Brookline say the birds are becoming more common and increasingly aggressive in their town.

OTHER TURKEY QUOTES

Vince, 2009

Vince, 2009

Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg. —Tom Swyers

The Secret of Stuffing a Turkey: How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?  Only one, but you REALLY have to squeeze to get him in. —Anon.

No more turkey, but I’d like another helping of that bread he ate. —Anonymous

I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Some one needs to tell the turkey, ‘man, just be yourself.’ —Mitch Hedberg

A two-pound turkey and a fifty-pound cranberry—that’s Thanksgiving dinner at Three Mile Island.  —Johnny Carson

 A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON THE THANKSGIVING TURKEY

Turrill Turkey Farm formerly in Laughlintown, PA

Turrill Turkey Farm formerly in Laughlintown, PA

The roast turkey carries with it, in its chubby hold, a sizable portion of our primitive and pagan luggage. Primitive and pagan? Us? We of the laser, we of the microchip, we of the Union Theological Seminary and Time magazine? Of course. At least twice a year, do not millions upon millions of us cybernetic Christians and fax machine Jews participate in a ritual, a highly stylized ceremony that takes place around a large dead bird?   Continue @  http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/turkey

Parade float by Turrill Turkey farm in Laughlintown, PA

Parade float by Turrill Turkey farm in Laughlintown, PA

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SOURCES

1   http://www.guy-sports.com/humor/thanksgiving/thanksgiving_funny_quotes.htm

2   http://www.guy-sports.com/humor/thanksgiving/thanksgiving_funny_quotes.htm

3   http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/turkeys.html

4   http://www.grinningplanet.com/funny-quotes/turkey-quotes-funny.htm

5   http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/turkey

6   http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/11/wild-turkeys-overrun-brookline-mass/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/politics/obama-puzzled-turkey-pardon/index.html

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About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. My novel site is www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com.
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