Franklin believed a turkey killed with electricity would be tastier than one dispatched by conventional means: decapitation.

When Benjamin Franklin Shocked Himself While Attempting to Electrocute a Turkey

The statesman was embarrassed by the mishap—no doubt a murder most fowl

Early Puebloans wove turkey feathers into yucca fiber to make the blanket.

In the Ancient American Southwest, Turkeys Were Friends, Not Food

An 800-year-old blanket made out of turkey feathers testifies to the bird's significance in Pueblo culture

Farms have been processing their heritage turkeys earlier to keep them small.

Turkey Farmers Scramble to Meet Need for Smaller Thanksgiving Birds

They’ll just be thankful when the year is over

On Christmas Eve 1869, a bird-related incident ruffled Charles Dickens' feathers.

Charles Dickens Lost His Last Christmas Turkey to a Freak Fire

A rediscovered letter reveals the famed author forgave the railway company that botched his holiday delivery

Headed for export?

Why Don't We Eat Turkey Tails?

The strange story speaks volumes about our globalized food system—you'll be surprised where the unwanted parts end up

Turkey eggshells and bones from an offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Researchers Dig Into the Juicy History of Taming the Turkey

Archaeologists talk turkey in two recent studies

Two turkeys spent last night in the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC.

Pardoned Turkeys Spend a Night in a Hotel First

After an evening in a $350 hotel room, today President Obama will spare the birds from the butcher's block

A male Eastern wild turkey

14 Fun Facts About Turkeys

#8: A turkey's gender can be determined from its droppings

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