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Monday, Nov. 6, 2023
Good morning to you!

Let’s talk turkey. I think you will be surprised by some of these facts. I quizzed one of my co-workers who claims to be a turkey hunter. He answered correctly on eight out of 10. Let’s see how you do. The answers are at the bottom.

1. A turkey’s gender can be determined by its:
a. droppings
a. weight
b. color
c. eyes

2. What is the wild turkey population in North America today?
a. 70,000
b. 700,000
c. 7,000,000
d. 70,000,000

3. What is the male turkey called?
a. gobbler
b. purr
c. yelp
d. kee-kee

4. Which of the following describe an adult male turkey?
a. weighs 16 to 22 pounds on average
b. has a beard of modified feathers on his breast that reaches 7 inches or more long
c. has sharp spurs on his legs for fighting
d. all of the above

5. A hen has no beard or spurs.
a. True
b. False

6. The length of the snood (a dangly appendage on the face) is associated with male turkey health.
a. True
b. False

7. How fast can a turkey run?
a. 10 mph
b. 15 mph
c. 25 mph
d. 50 mph

8. How fast does a turkey fly on average?
a. 25 mph
b. 50 mph
c. 75 mph
d. 100 mph

9. How long do turkey eggs incubate before hatching?
a. 2 days
b. 15 days
c. 21 days
d. 28 days

10. Who proposed the turkey as a symbol for America?
a. Thomas Paine
b. Bill Clinton
c. Benjamin Franklin
d. John Adams
e. None of the above

(Answers: 1. a; 2. c; 3. a; 4. d; 5. a; 6. a; 7. c; 8. b; 9. d; 10. e.)

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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FROM KCCI: Report: Gov. Kim Reynolds to endorse Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president

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Waiting for a nibble: Kids of all ages tried their hands at fishing at the Annual Cops and Bobbers Fishing Event held recently in Ankeny at the Prairie Ridge Sports Complex Shelter House. This free event, hosted by the Ankeny Police Foundation, was a catch and release event that drew a crowd of 100 youngsters and their parents from the Ankeny area. Many local businesses supported this by donating food, prizes, and shirts. Ankeny police officers volunteered their time to fish side by side with the kids, building positive relationships and teaching the them how to bait, cast and catch a fish. Prizes from local business partner Honest Wrenches were given for biggest and smallest fish. Main sponsor of the event was Greater Iowa Credit Union. Photo courtesy of the Ankeny Police Foundation. Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Sports Notes
From ESPN.com:
NASCAR CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: Ryan Blaney secures first career NASCAR Cup championship

US Department of Agriculture forecast a Florida orange crop with a 30% increase over a year ago. That reverses a 15-year slide of lower harvests and higher prices. Growers have finally found a therapy for Huanglongbing disease which has been killing oranges in the US for 15 years. Also, the groves avoided most hurricanes this year.

Wall Street Journal reported that retro fits on combines and tractors can add cutting-edge technology without spending $700,000 for a new tractor. A mere $20,000 retrofit can modernize 50-year-old equipment. Farmers are avoiding new tractors because their incomes are under pressure from sliding commodity markets. Corn and wheat futures are down 29% since the start of the year, while soybean prices have fallen 14%.

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This day in history
1962: UN condemns apartheid in South Africa: On Nov. 6, 1962, the United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and calling on all its members to end economic and military relations with the country.
1977: Dam gives way in Georgia: On Nov. 6, 1977, the Toccoa Falls Dam in Georgia gives way and 39 people die in the resulting flood.
Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Emma Stone, Ethan Hawke, Sally Field, Rebecca Romijn, Lamar Odom, Melanie Thandiwe Newton, Corey Glover, Ben Rector, Hero Fiennes Tiffin
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SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why did King Kong climb to the top of the Empire State Building? HE HAD A PLANE TO CATCH! Or BECAUSE HE DIDN'T FIT IN THE ELEVATOR! Answers from Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson, William Snyder

Today's riddle

What do you get from a forgetful cow?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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