In the US, we eat almost 300 million turkeys per year. About a third of them are consumed in the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Let the slaughter begin!

hat tip Flowing Data


See also:

The Genetics of White Meat and Dark Meat from Scientific American (Thanks, Erin Biba!)
Tyrannosaurus Rex Had a Wishbone from Smithsonian’s Dinosaur Tracking blog
Why Arsenic is Used in Turkey Processing, and Why It’s Not Worth the Risk
A Genetically Modified Thanksgiving from Popular Science
The Genetic Origins of Snood Erections from The Annals of Improbable Resarch
A 3-Dimensional Cosehedron-Shaped Pecan Pie, and other Thanksgiving DIY projects from Popular Mechanics
1969 Study On Frozen Turkey Semen Ability to Impregnate Female Turkeys
It’s Not Actually the Tryptophan Making You Sleepy
How to Turn Leftover Turkey Fryer Oil into Biodiesel
A Whole Episode of the Science Jim Show dedicated to Thanksgiving, turkeys and Benjamin Franklin

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11 Responses to “Let the Ritualized Turkey Massacre Begin!”

  1. Jack Damn says:

    Also see:

    ­­» Well’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving (NYTimes)

    A lot of good stuff there if you want to skip the dead animal product.

  2. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    Fully engorged turkey snood with extra gravy. . . Mmmmmmmmm.

  3. ubnutsagain says:


    Just think about the amount of CO2 it took to feed those 270M turkeys and then slaughter them, just so Americans could gorge their already fat faces.

    Are Al Gore amd Michael Moore aware of this?

    Oh wait … they’re both fat faced already … thanks to CO2.

  4. mathman says:

    Happy Bird Day to you and yerz from (the “fracking” people in) PA! Gonna be 14 of us here. It just started snowing, but it’ll surely change to rain – lotsa good games on the tube. Eat up, people, and be thankful you ain’t been bottlenecked jest yet. Hope everyone is in good health.


  5. rip says:

    Tres cool. I guess I’m a major contributor to turkey consumption. Oh well.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  6. Lariat1 says:

    Just remember today, there will always be people who have more and others who have less, but none of us have control over weather, time and our health ( to a degree). My brother is recuperating from two Major surgeries in the past two months. We are all just happy to be here on this screwed up planet. Eat well today and Laugh alot. It helps digestion and your frame of mind. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out here.

  7. Mike in Nola says:

    The wife is working today, so we ordered a small one from Whole Foods that I just picked up. A little pricey, but we got one last year when she had to work Christmas. Thought it was very good, though not quite as good as my home cooked ones. But a lot less mess. Even the sides were good. The thing to look out for is ordering too much, which we did last year.

    But,the main reason I like turkey is the dark, thick, smoky turkey and sausage gumbo that comes a few days later. It’s even better if if you can use real andouille from the River Parishes in Louisiana (between Baton Rouge and NOLA). A great, hearty meal when served over rice when its cold outside. A couple of recipes here:
    Both are pretty authentic, although neither uses okra, which acts as an additional thickener.

  8. franklin411 says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the CO2.

    I’d worry a lot more about the fact that turkeys are pumped full of arsenic, which keeps them looking fresh:

  9. Bob A says:

    I can think of quite a few turkeys I’d like to roast ;)

  10. louis says:

    Turkey is so good. Happy Bird day all.

  11. JPM says:

    And On A Lighter Note…Some Thanksgiving Q&A

    Q: If Pilgrims were alive today, what would the be most famous for?
    A: Their age

    Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
    A: Plymouth Rock

    Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?
    A: Because he had drumsticks