Claim: Holiday turkey preparation provides set-up for humorous scenarios.
Origins: For a change of pace, we mark this years' observance of Thanksgiving with a few simple legends of holiday meal turkey preparations gone awry. First, a 1993 telling of an improbable legend that dates to at least 1880:
The next-door neighbors responded to her shouts and arrived at her back door to find a woman being chased around her kitchen by an angry, naked turkey.
The next story, as told in 2006, deals with Christmas rather than Thanksgiving, but it's a turkey of a tale all the same:
When my sister left the house, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed a Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, then
She then placed the bird(s) back into the oven.
When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird.
With a look of total shock on her face, my mother exclaimed, 'Barbara, you've cooked a pregnant bird!'
At the reality of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry hysterically. It took the entire family almost two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs!
Yes, my sister is a BLONDE.
We've also found a Thanksgiving-specific version of one of our favorite legends:
"Why are you doing that?" he asks.
"My mom always did that to help the turkey thaw," she told him.
The next day Mom calls to see how everything is going.
"Fine, Ma. I have everything ready to go in the oven. I even remembered to put the rack over the turkey last night."
This seemed to confuse her mother a bit. "What are you talking about?" she asked.
"Oh, I remember you always put the dish rack over the turkey when it was thawing in the sink," she said.
There was a pause on the end of the line. "Yes, but honey, we had cats!"
Finally, a cute anecdote from 1934 that deals not with the preparation of a turkey, but the aftermath of its consumption:
Last updated: 27 November 2013
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