Thursday, November 29, 2007

OUR FIRST CHOICE WAS COWS, BUT THEY CAN'T FLY WORTH SPIT…

Yellville, Arkansas has a curious claim to fame- once a year they like to drop wild turkeys from high places. When the local tradition began in 1946, they dropped them from the county courthouse (thus giving this post a genealogical tie-in of sorts). Sometime in the 1960s, it occurred to them that airplanes can fly at heights greater than the roof of their courthouse, so "Turkey Drop" guests of honor since then have been given the old heave-ho from airplane doors. Naturally, this annual celebration doesn't sit well with animal rights activists, since turkeys aren't the best flyers in the bird world- sometimes they don't hit the ground running, they just hit the ground…

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