PILGRIM CLOTHING MYTH: The image we all have in our heads of Pilgrims at the time of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 is that of men and women who dressed only in black and white with big buckles on their shoes, hats and clothes. But according to the History Channel, that idea of Pilgrim fashion is a myth. Buckles didn't become popular until later in the 17th century, and black and white clothes were usually worn only on Sundays and at formal occasions. Instead, women usually wore red, earthy green, brown, blue, violet and gray, while men wore clothing in white, beige, black, earthy green and brown.
TURKEY TRIVIA: Here are some facts about the turkey you'll be eating on Thanksgiving:
- Scientific name: melegragris gallopavo
- Plumage: bronze, dark brown and black on wild turkeys with 3,500 feathers at maturity
- Turkeys live in flocks, roosting at night in thick tree trunks.
Male turkeys are called "gobblers" or "toms" and female turkeys are called "hens."
- Turkeys are polygamous -- one male has a harem of females.
- Toms attract hens by gobbling and strutting.
- Hens lay about 12 eggs at a time, which hatch in 28 days.
- Wild turkeys can fly at speeds up to 55 miles per hour and run at around 12 miles per hour. However, domesticated turkeys can't fly at all.
- Turkeys have 27 calls besides the gobble, including the "kee-kee," the "purr," the "yelp," the "whine" and the "cluck."
- Turkeys are found in the wild here in Washington State, I've seen them near Belfair, WA and Cle Elum. If you bag a bird in the wild you will find it to be mostly dark meat. Based on what it's natural diest is in the woods. Turkey at the store is raised on a farm and it's diet create mostly white meat.