Great Turkey Disasters

As we prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and as we recall our blessings and thank God for each and every one, let us also remember the humble turkey and the various disasters that result when that proud bird is not treated with the care that it deserves, dead or alive.    Oldtimers like myself will recognize the above video as part of the famous “Turkey Drop” episode from WKRP, a sitcom from the Seventies.    Here is a video of the entire Turkey Drop.

Of course Turkey Disasters are not, unfortunately, restricted to the realm of fiction.    Deep frying a turkey poses various risks.

Here we have a case of the flaming avian:

Then we have a scientific explanation of why a deep fat turkey friar is almost always a bad idea in unskilled hands.

Of course there are those among us who revel in the destructive possibilities of cooking turkey.

To summarize:

Tomorrow my bride will roast the turkey which is the way God intended for a turkey to be prepared.  As usual, the kids and I will do the dishes.  Have a happy and non-flaming Turkey Thanksgiving!

12 Responses to Great Turkey Disasters

  1. Phillip says:

    My biggest disaster was trusting the pop up timer thingy instead of my own sense. Turkey Jerky!

  2. Donna V. says:

    I remember laughing hysterically at the “Turkey Drop” episode on “WKRP in Cincinnati” when it first aired. 30 years later, it’s still hilarious! Thanks for posting that link and have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Donald.

  3. Donald R. McClarey says:

    You too Donna!

  4. Ah, the “Turkey Drop” episode… I also fondly remember WKRP’s take on A Christmas Carol… Johnny Fever as The Ghost of Christmas Still to Come!

  5. Elaine Krewer says:

    “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!” 🙂

    Trivia note: there is a TV station in Cincy called WKRC (Channel 12), which my late uncle used to work for back when Nick Clooney (George’s dad) was an anchorperson there.

  6. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Elaine, I have had that priceless line ringing through my brain after some of the greater foul ups of my life!

  7. cminor says:

    One of our favorites! Thanks for the link–we’ve found it hard to keep hold of YouTube posts of that episode.

    If you must deep-fry, Nomex is the way to go!

  8. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Thanks for the tip cminor!

  9. Suz says:

    Oh, the never-to-be-forgotten WKRP Turkey Drop.
    When I moved out to the country one of my first surprises was the fact that WILD turkeys DO fly.
    Dumb suburban kid, yeah, I know….

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to all at The American Catholic!

  10. Donald R. McClarey says:

    A glorious Thanksgiving for you Suz!

  11. Elaine Krewer says:

    My other most favorite WKRP episode: Les Nessman rattles off a list of atomic attack safety procedures during a tornado warning, replacing all references to the Soviets or Communists with “tornadoes” wherever they occur in the script, and solemnly warning his listeners of the “godless tornadoes” attacking the city.

  12. GodsGadfly says:

    I love the story I read in _Reader’s Digest_ many years ago by a middle-aged woman who recounted the first Thanksgiving hosted at her adult daughter’s new home. While her daughter was thawing the turkey in the sink, she commented, “Why do you have the turkey under a collander?”
    “That’s they way you always did it, Mom.”
    “Yeah, but you don’t have a cat.”

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