Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you have a good one :). Here’s a funny story to think about as you’re noming on delicious turkey this year: Ben Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird for the US instead of the eagle.
He thought that eagles weren’t a good representation of America because he saw them as cowardly and easily driven away by other birds (unlike Americans who had fiercely driven out the British). Of eagles Franklin wrote:
For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country.
…Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District.
He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country…
Turkeys, however, were a different story. Franklin thought they were freaking awesome and much more worthy of a comparison to the brave revolutionary Americans:
For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America…
He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.
Hmm I’m thinking turkeys as the national bird would have conflicted a bit with the whole Thanksgiving thing, then again maybe we’d all have switched over to eating bald eagles every year by now lol.