Farm - The Saint Report
a feast day today is Saint Dwywen, the patron saint of the
broken-hearted, especially the Welsh broken-hearted. She may
also be invoked to help sick animals.
story about the goat-toss reminded me of the old "WKRP
in Cincinnati" episode about how, for a Thanksgiving promotion,
the station decided it would be fun to throw a whole bunch of live
turkeys out of a plane over a football field. Hundreds of happy
below for the big event. Unfortunately, domestic turkeys don't fly
any better alive than they do frozen: the hapless (but purely fictional)
fowl dropped like boulders--or maybe more
like big feathered water balloons, splatting nightmarishly on the
dramatic, far less well-publicized, but very real was the old Cordell,
Oklahoma, Thanksgiving turkey drop. I found out about that bygone
event on a webpage devoted
to Cordell memories, among which was this:
CHICKS AND JIGGS
In the spring
one of the merchants I always enjoyed visiting was Jiggs. He sold
chicken feed, blocks of salt for our cattle, and bought cream from
the farmers. Spring time was the most interesting as Jiggs always
had a good supply of newly hatched baby chicks. It was always fun
for the children to stick their fingers in the little vent holes
on the boxes in which the farmers carried the chickens home.
now they expect computers and video games. What the heck has happened
to kids, anyway?
to the topic...
AND MORE TURKEYS
event that by far was the most exciting occurred in the fall of
the year. It was when the local Chamber of Commerce tossed live
turkeys, geese, and an occasionally guinea hen off the four story
Court House into a throng of people that had gathered on the Court
House lawn below. Everyone would come to town in hopes of catching
a treat for Thanksgiving dinner.
times a large turkey would end up in two or three peoples hands
at the same time. Two separate people would have a leg and one would
have the neck and all would be hollering and claiming the turkey
was theirs. Many hours were spent sitting around pot belly stoves
analyzing how they just about caught a prize. But with age of politically
correctness and animal rights this rather barbaric tradition was
here is a newsy little bit from Yellville, Arkansas (yes there is
such a place...the Saint Report does not lie). Incidentally, the web
page that originally held this is now defunct.
"Yellville is famous for the Turkey Trot festival, held in October
of each year. Here are some pictures I took in 1996. I have tried
to get a picture of a turkey as it comes out of a plane, but couldn't
with my old Agfa camera. (BTW, wild turkeys can fly, but not very
The National Enquirer ran an article some years ago about our "inhumane"
treatment of wild turkeys, so the Chamber of Commerce agreed to
stop allowing the "turkey drops", now the turkeys are
still dropped, but it is unofficial :-) Turkey Trot was started
in 1945 to reintroduce the wild turkey to Marion county, and with
no government help, the wild turkey is now common in the area."
Yeah. Who says
you need big govmint. Arkansas, incidentally, has only 41 dentists
per 100,000 population, which puts it at number 49 nationally. Coincidence?
o' the day include, but are not limited to, Dwyn, Praejectus, Ananias,
and Poppo. Today is also the celebration of The Conversion of St.
Newman, author of several brainy books on language,
gets 89 candles on his birthday cake today (2008).
born today was Robert Burns (1759-1796). If you feel like honoring
his memory today, go put on something plaid and read May 23 - Haggis.
to January 26
to January 24
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Marilyn Jones 2001-2008