Thursday, November 27, 2008

Oh, and... The Ritual Turkey Pardoning

Sorry, me again.  I felt compelled to add this note.  I'm admittedly no expert on turkey pardoning, but at the two rituals I have partially glimpsed this year, the Bush and the Palin pardonings, both turkeys have been, er...  white.  

I'm wondering if there's some special significance to be read in this observation?  I trust that next year our President will not choose a fancy white bird, but a plain old black one.


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

d not noticed that. Aren't white turkeys a minority?

robin andrea said...

I did notice that. It occurred to me that it probably had to do with birds that have been bred specifically for food. I tend to think of wild turkeys as the ones with dark feathers. I found this bit of info on wikipedia:
The great majority of domesticated turkeys are bred to have white feathers because their pin feathers are less visible when the carcass is dressed, although brown or bronze-feathered varieties are also raised.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Peter.

Lorianne said...

I clicked through to say what robin andrea said. Wild turkeys are brown with brown tail-tips, and domesticated turkeys are either brown or white with white tail-tips. (The tail-tips are how birders distinguish "real" wild turkeys from brown domesticated ones.) Most domesticated turkeys, like domesticated "farm ducks," are white. So it makes sense that the pardoned ones come from this demographic.