Gobble! Gobble!

Before you chow down on Turkey Day, check out these interesting shots of America's favorite holiday bird.

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The turkey has become the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving tradition, but did you know Ben Franklin wanted to make it the official bird of the United States?
The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger, according to the University of Illinois Extension.
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Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
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19-year-veteran Butterball Turkey Talk-Line supervisor Dorothy Jones answers questions on her telephone headset at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line headquarters. The Butterball Talk-Line was created to assist everyone from first-time cooks to seasoned chefs with preparing their holiday bird.
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Who said chickens were the only bird to cross the road?
Luciano Borchargy grabs a packaged turkey from the refrigerator for a customer days before Thanksgiving at Bongi's Turkey Roost in Duxbury, Massachusetts. It is estimated that over 525 million pounds of turkey are consumed at Thanksgiving.
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A katahdin lamb gives a bronze turkey a kiss on a farm in Kansas. Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited.
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Alameda County firefighter Bob Perez prepares to lower a 13 pound turkey into a pot of boiling oil during a safety demonstration. Serious home fires and fatalities have been linked to deep-frying turkeys in homes on stove tops. Turkey fryers should be used outdoors, a safe distance away from buildings and other combustible materials.
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Dressed as a turkey for the American holiday of Thanksgiving a US soldier waits to enter his dining facility for a special meal in honor of the holiday at his forward operating base in Baghdad, Iraq. US contractor Haliburton estimates that US forces will consume approximately 300,000 pounds of Turkey, traditionally served on the American holiday, at US bases worldwide.
Today, U.S. growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country says the University of Illinois Extension.
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US President George W. Bush pets "May" the turkey during the pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey November 2007 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. The pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey is a White House tradition dating back to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
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Turkey hunter at sunrise near Ballinger, Texas. Wild turkeys were almost wiped out in the early 1900's. Today there are wild turkeys in every state except Alaska, according to the University of Illinois Extension.
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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, November 22, 2007. United States turkey growers will produce an estimated 271 million turkeys in 2008.
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Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour and fly for short distances.
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An estimated 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten during the annual Thanksgiving meals in the United States.
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A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat. Turkey is low in fat and high in protein and more protein than chicken or beef, according to the University of Illinois Extension.
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Male turkeys gobble, but hens do not. They simply make a clicking noise.
Scientists believe Turkeys have been around for almost 10 million years.
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Happy Thanksgiving!
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