November 26, 2008

Turkey Beards Redux

turkey_beard_board.jpgA couple years ago I did a random Google search for a Thanksgiving-themed shaving post and ended up reading about Turkey Beards. "A turkey's beard is the black, hair-like feathers on a male's breast." And these are quite the prize. Certain turkey hunters covet the beard, so much so that the NWTF (what, you haven't heard of the National Wild Turkey Federation?) keeps their own set of records on who has bagged the longest beard. Wanna see the list? Sure you do.

In first place in the Eastern division is Robert Tremblay, who shot a wild turkey with an 18.125 inch beard on 5/2/98. Damn, Bobby. Nice kill. That totally smokes the Florida league where Kenny Hinote leads with a 13.625 turkey beard acquired on 1/3/04. Guess we know who's favored in the Wild Turkey Beard World Series later this year.

(Full turkey beard record board here.)

Surprisingly, Wikipedia, the source of all Internet knowledge, doesn't have a page on turkey beards. Instead, they have this page on Turkey's Beard, aka Xerophyllum - a "popular garden plant, producing spikes of white flowers." Lame. Where's the fun in killing a plant?

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at November 26, 2008 8:24 AM
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