Monday, September 10, 2007

Talking Turkey

Do you know that fleshy appendage that attaches just above the beak of a male (tom) turkey? You know what I'm talking about, don't you? Yeah. That flappy red thing on the turkey's beak...

What's it called?

According to Texas park and wildlife, it's called a snood.

The snood is a fleshy appendage that attaches just above the beak. When
the tom relaxes, the snood is short — maybe half an inch long. When the
tom struts, the snood engorges with blood and extends to hang down over
the beak. According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, the snood
has no known function
It's gotta be called something and I guess snood is as good as anything (although doo-hickey is equally viable in my opinion). It's strange that I would have an occasion to look up that bit of information. This is the kind of hard research that my career as a comedian demands.

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