were proud of their family tradition. Their ancestors had travelled to America with the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower. They had included Congressmen, successful entrepreneurs, famous sports
people and television stars.
They decided to research and write a family history, something for their children and grandchildren. They found a specialist genealogist and writer to help them. Only one
problem arose - how to handle Great Uncle Jefferson Taylor who was executed in the electric chair.
The writer said she could handle the story tactfully. When the book appeared the section about
Great Uncle Jefferson Taylor occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important government institution, he was attached to his position by the strongest of ties, and his death came as a great shock.
Louise was away from home on
Thanksgiving Day for the first time and she was missing her home and family desperately. Louise
decided to cook a turkey herself, just like her Mum used to, so that she could feel closer to her family.
Louise returned home for the celebrations and recounted her experience to her Mum saying,
'Mum. it was so difficult to eat the turkey.'
'Why was that, dear' asked Mum in a concerned way, 'was it not cooked properly?'
'How would I know?' responded Louise, 'it wouldn't sit still.'
Sarah Hale, a magazine editor,
campaigned tirelessly for a national Thanksgiving day. Hale wrote in
Godey's Lady's Book, eventually Sarah's idea caught the president's eye and
in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the idea of November Thanksgiving, to
be precise, that last Thursday in November would be a national day of
In Canada they set Thanksgiving Day on the second
October. Here it was Martin Frobisher who in Newfoundland first gave thanks for surviving his explorations in 1578. Other countries who celebrate Thanksgiving include Argentina and Brazil.
Japan has a national holiday on 23rd November to celebrate Labour / Thanksgiving day.
Apparently there are more turkeys in Missouri than in Texas. As a Welshman, when I read that the state of Missouri allows hunters to bag two birds in the month of October, I had no idea what was
going on in these Missouri woods, so I did a little research.
The first thing that struck me was that if a permit costs $13 then you better make sure that you hit a turkey. Then I read about hunting
gear, and realized that this was not about cost, or even about eating turkey, it was about good old fashioned hunting.
What impressed me most was a group who hunted turkey with bows and arrows
- now that seemed like a fair contest!
Spot the Turkey?
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The Turkey Trot
Five little turkeys standing at the door,
One waddled off, and then
there were four.
Four little turkeys sitting near a tree,
One waddled off , and then
there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then
there were two.
Two little turkeys in the morning sun,
One waddled off, and then there
One little turkey better run away,
For soon it will be Thanksgiving
Real Questions to the Turkey Cooking Hotline
Should I carve my turkey with a 16in Redmax or should I get out my
Stihl Electric Chain Saw?
Is it OK to baste my turkey with engine oil?
Should I leave the giblets in their plastic bag during cooking?
Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to
be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is
way too often. Johnny Carson
When I was a kid in Indiana, we thought it would be fun to get a
turkey a year ahead of time and feed it and so on for the following
Thanksgiving. But by the time Thanksgiving came around, we sort of
thought of the turkey as a pet, so we ate the dog. Only kidding. It was
the cat! David Letterman
What did the hen tell the naughty chicks?
If you your
father could see you now he would turn in his gravy.
Great Uncle Jefferson Taylor occupied a chair of applied electronics
at an important government institution, he was attached to his position
by the strongest of ties, and his death came as a great shock.
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.
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