Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Thankful that I am not a Turkey!

A group of wild turkeys tried to make a break out of town yesterday afternoon. The turkeys were spotted with the New Jersey transit surveillance cameras standing on the platfom at Ramsey, which is approximately 20 miles northeast of New York City, appearing to be waiting for the train (above).

“For a moment, it looked like the turkeys were waiting for the next outbound train,” said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for NJ Transit. “Clearly, they’re trying to catch a train and escape their fate.”

A Ramsey police dispatcher said they had received three calls about the turkeys who also were blamed for causing morning rush hour traffic problems on a roadway.

“From time to time, I’ve heard calls that there are turkeys on the loose,” said Erik Endress, president of the Ramsey Rescue Squad, a volunteer group. “Maybe they’re trying to make a break.”

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  1. #1 David Harmon
    November 23, 2006

    Clearly, wild turkeys are much smarter than the domesticated breeds! :-)

  2. #2 Elf Eye
    November 23, 2006

    Speaking of turkey, I hope your hospital puts on an especially nice spread for you. On that subject, I must confess to having committed the unpardonable Thanksgiving sin: I bought a frozen apple pie. Compounding my crime, I will top it off with–Cool Whip. There is probably a circle of hell set aside for my sort.

  3. #3 anomalous4
    November 23, 2006

    Compounding my crime, I will top it off with–Cool Whip.

    Using Cool Whip is incomprehensible. Real whipped cream isn’t that much more expensive, and at least you know what’s in the real stuff. The ingredients list on Cool Whip reads like the contents of an organic chem lab.

    Oh, hell. Maybe I’m just jealous. I’m stuck here at home all by my lonesome today. OTOH, I’ll admit that having the building so quiet is nice…………

    Happy TG, everyone!

  4. #4 demonica24
    November 23, 2006

    Hey Hedwig!

    Wishing you a day of peace and serenity. You’re always in my prayers and I’m glad to have you as a part of my life. Panda’s still in Amsterdam so I’ll convey his well wishes too. :-)

    Love you. Adonai bless you and keep you. *HUGGLES & SMOOCHES*

  5. #5 llewelly
    November 23, 2006

    Althought I prefer to make my own apple pies, cooking is not everyone’s hobby, and with a little care and discretion one can pick a decent frozen pie.
    Why people use cool whip, I don’t know. One can get better real whipped cream – and (although I whip my own) you can get it packed in a bottle with compressed CO2 so it comes out full of little bubbles, like it was whipped.
    Chem-lab type ingredients don’t scare me too much (though I wish the food companies had less influence over the FDA!), but then I use cloves and nutmeg and almond extract in my cooking. Most artificial flavorings are safer than any of those, if I recall correctly. I cook with an awful lot of fat too.

  6. #6 mjh
    November 24, 2006

    apple pie should have a big fat slice of cheddar cheese on it!

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