When it comes to the world's stupidest animals, turkeys are generally ranked near the top of the list. (Of course, jellyfish and sea stars don't even have brains, but who's counting?) How dumb are turkeys? They're so dumb, the story goes, that when it rains, they stare up in the sky in fascination until their mouths fill with water and they drown themselves. That classic legend is nothing more than a myth. In fact, turkeys aren't even all that stupid in the first place.
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When he returned to Spain after "discovering" the New Wold, Christopher Columbus brought along wild turkeys. 00:33
"Turkey" is a shortened version of turkey fowl, a name that the birds received because they were raised by Turkish farmers. 01:03
In 1614, English settlers had turkeys imported to Jamestown from England. 01:23
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