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Even though it's Thanksgiving, aren't you glad Benjamin Frankin didn't get his way?
kennatsu at 6:19PM, Nov. 13, 2007
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I think I'd be embarrassed if I lived in a country where the turkey was the “national bird”… How about you?
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crazyninny at 6:29PM, Nov. 13, 2007
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Benny… Why? Why a turkey? … Why?
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Short_Circuiting at 6:32PM, Nov. 13, 2007
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i'm embarrassed enough just by looking at our president. D:
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usedbooks at 6:34PM, Nov. 13, 2007
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Um, no. I don't see why the “national” anything is a source of embarrassment. Besides, the turkey is a fine bird, as good as any other. (And apparently better at survival than the average raptor.) Granted, not a flesh-eater if that's your criteria for a good symbol or mascot.

If anything was going to cause national embarrassment, I'm sure I can name a dozen things right off the top of my head. – And none of them involve (actual feathered) turkeys.
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dragodraconis at 6:46PM, Nov. 13, 2007
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I wouldn't say embarrass but it be ironic of our national bird was a turkey… Not only do we see it as food but it the bird we salute… now pass the leg.
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usedbooks at 7:00PM, Nov. 13, 2007
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I wouldn't say embarrass but it be ironic of our national bird was a turkey… Not only do we see it as food but it the bird we salute… now pass the leg.
My mom taught high school biology. She had a lot of stuffed (you know, as in taxidermy) animals around her classroom including this really impressive looking turkey. She put that particular bird on a shelf directly under the American flag. Told me it was her nod to ol' Ben. ;)
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dragodraconis at 7:03PM, Nov. 13, 2007
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My mom taught high school biology. She had a lot of stuffed (you know, as in taxidermy) animals around her classroom including this really impressive looking turkey. She put that particular bird on a shelf directly under the American flag. Told me it was her nod to ol' Ben. ;)

Really does she still have that bird?
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usedbooks at 7:05PM, Nov. 13, 2007
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Nah. She retired. Left most of her little museum to the next teacher.
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mechanical_lullaby at 3:21AM, Nov. 14, 2007
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I dunno about that. It would probably fit even more than the bald eagle since we don't really eat those(or have the legality to). It'd be awesome if America's most treasured and revered things we could actually touch without being shot or arrested by a man in uniform.

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Short_Circuiting at 3:26AM, Nov. 14, 2007
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i say we make our national bird the phoenix. lol!
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Rutger at 6:46AM, Nov. 14, 2007
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I don't think I have anything to say on this subject, as I'm Dutch, but as far as national symbols go, I'd rather have an eagle than a turkey. But that's just me. Eagles rock.

K.A.L.A.-dan! rutGAR desu!
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Puff_Of_Smoke at 2:18PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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The reason why benjamin franklin wanted the turkey as their national bird was because the turkey works for it's food. The bald eagle wrongly steals it's food…
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I have a gun. It's really powerful. Especially against living things.
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Rutger at 2:20PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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I never knew that. But, considering the current state of the US, I'd say the eagle suits it just fine.

Funny though, that at first choosing a turkey seems like a dumb idea, but when you look at the reasons, it actually makes sense. Or at least it did, back in those days…

K.A.L.A.-dan! rutGAR desu!
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Puff_Of_Smoke at 2:22PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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I never knew that. But, considering the current state of the US, I'd say the eagle suits it just fine.

Funny though, that at first choosing a turkey seems like a dumb idea, but when you look at the reasons, it actually makes sense. Or at least it did, back in those days…

lol it does… I learned that only a couple weeks ago too.
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I have a gun. It's really powerful. Especially against living things.
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Rutger at 2:31PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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And so, you pass on your knowledge onto another person. Is there a bird that does that?

Also, what kinda bugs me, if the turkey had become America's national symbol, would people eat eagles on Thanksgiving? I mean, doesn't it seem kinda silly to eat the very thing that represents your nation? A weird form of cannibalism, perhaps?

K.A.L.A.-dan! rutGAR desu!
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cartoonprofessor at 3:02PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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I guess Australia's national bird is the emu (pronounced eamyou, not emoo, by the way)
It should probably be the kookaburra ‘cause it laughs at everybody and everything. (A very Australian trait)
We do, however have an eagle that makes the bald-headed eagle look like a wimp… it has the largest wing span of any eagle.

Persoanlly, I like crows, they are extremely intelligent, can count, and are very protective over their families.

A couple of years ago we picked up a fledgling crow that wa caught in some long grass and took it home to care for it.

Then we noticed an enormous ruckus outside and saw this one big crow constantly flying in circles ovver our house. Our house was in the ’bachelor' gang's territory so about 15 other crows were constantly attacking this one big crow… feathers were missing from is wings and it was copping a hiding, but refused to fly away.

We realised it must be ‘Dad’ so we took the young crow back to where we found it and sure enough, Dad followed. It took some coaxing but eventually the young one flew back into the air and followed Dad back to the nest.

Thw whole time ‘Mum’ had been circling high above, out of immediate danger while Dad risked his neck to recover his kid… Amazing stuff.
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LIZARD_B1TE at 3:09PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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I guess Australia's national bird is the emu

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OK, that's the last straw, I'm moving to Australia as soon as I possibly can.
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Sidwarrious at 3:21PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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And none of them involve (actual feathered) turkeys.

So how many of them are Jive Turkeys?
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cartoonprofessor at 3:25PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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I guess Australia's national bird is the emu

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OK, that's the last straw, I'm moving to Australia as soon as I possibly can.
Best country in the world, mate… that is, if you like beer and wildlife/scenery that was designed by Salvadore Dali on acid.

Don't worry about the snakes though (we have the world's top five most poisonous). Most newcomers freak out a bit over them without realising there is nothing to worry about… (most of them have been killed by the spiders).
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LIZARD_B1TE at 3:38PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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Don't worry about the snakes though (we have the world's top five most poisonous). Most newcomers freak out a bit over them without realising there is nothing to worry about… (most of them have been killed by the spiders).

That sounds… oddly familiar…
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cartoonprofessor at 3:49PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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Hey, another Terry Pratchett fan?
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Short_Circuiting at 3:49PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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I guess Australia's national bird is the emu (pronounced eamyou, not emoo, by the way)
It should probably be the kookaburra ‘cause it laughs at everybody and everything. (A very Australian trait)
We do, however have an eagle that makes the bald-headed eagle look like a wimp… it has the largest wing span of any eagle.

Persoanlly, I like crows, they are extremely intelligent, can count, and are very protective over their families.

A couple of years ago we picked up a fledgling crow that wa caught in some long grass and took it home to care for it.

Then we noticed an enormous ruckus outside and saw this one big crow constantly flying in circles ovver our house. Our house was in the ’bachelor' gang's territory so about 15 other crows were constantly attacking this one big crow… feathers were missing from is wings and it was copping a hiding, but refused to fly away.

We realised it must be ‘Dad’ so we took the young crow back to where we found it and sure enough, Dad followed. It took some coaxing but eventually the young one flew back into the air and followed Dad back to the nest.

Thw whole time ‘Mum’ had been circling high above, out of immediate danger while Dad risked his neck to recover his kid… Amazing stuff.

ooo, excellent. i didn't even think of the crow. it would be a super suave national bird.
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Aurora Moon at 5:03PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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Ive had emu meat before. mmmm, tasty stuff!
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dragodraconis at 5:40PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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i say we make our national bird the phoenix. lol!
why a pheonix?
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Phantom Penguin at 5:46PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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If the nation bird was the turkey we would just have to eat bald eagle.
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Short_Circuiting at 8:12PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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i say we make our national bird the phoenix. lol!
why a pheonix?

cuz they don't exist, therefore our country would be based on IMAGINATION sparkle sparkle
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dragodraconis at 9:53PM, Nov. 14, 2007
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Oh I get it if one dreams dies another gets reborn.
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Short_Circuiting at 3:16AM, Nov. 15, 2007
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yeah, that's good. let's go with that. xD
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LIZARD_B1TE at 4:03AM, Nov. 15, 2007
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Hey, another Terry Pratchett fan?

Haha. I just finished that reading that book a few days, as a matter of fact.
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SpANG at 6:04AM, Nov. 15, 2007
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If the nation bird was the turkey we would just have to eat bald eagle.
Which would be fine, except the cold bald eagle sandwiches the next day are pretty nasty!
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