There are a number of explanations for the origin of the name of Thanksgiving's favourite food. Some believe Christopher Columbus thought that the land he discovered was connected to India, and believed the bird he discovered (the turkey) was a type of peacock. He therefore called it 'tuka', which is 'peacock' in Tamil, an Indian language.
The Native American name for turkey is "firkee"; some say this is how turkeys got their name. Simple facts, however, sometimes produce the best answers-when a turkey is scared, it makes a "turk, turk, turk" noise.
More Interesting Turkey Facts:
Only male turkeys (toms) gobble. Females (hens) make a clicking noise.
Mature turkeys have 3,500 or so feathers.
Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.
Domesticated turkeys cannot fly. Wild turkeys, however, can fly for short distances at speeds up to 88 km per hour. They can also reach speeds of 40 miles per hour on the ground.
For their first meal on the moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin ate roast turkey in foil packets.
The ballroom dance the "turkey trot" was named for the short, jerky steps that turkeys take.