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Since 1989, every year in the U.S., one turkey gets presidential pardon and lives out the rest of its life, instead of gracing a Thanksgiving dinner menu. This event takes place during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation ceremony held every year just before Thanksgiving.
Turkeys are known to suffer from heart attack or become morbidly scared when alarmed by sudden, loud noises. The noise caused by test flights of Air Force jets, that broke the sound barrier, caused entire fields of turkeys to succumb to heart attack when they flew over these fields.
June is celebrated as the National Turkey Lovers' Month, to accentuate the virtues of eating turkeys on occasions other than Thanksgiving, citing it as a healthier meat option, with higher levels of proteins and lower fat content.
Did you know that the other staples of Thanksgiving like cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie also did not feature in the original feast? Well, that's another story. Let's now get back to enjoying our scrumptious turkey and pumpkin pie. Happy Thanksgiving!