Why Don’t We Eat Turkey Eggs?

H/T Mental Floss.

I never gave much thought to why we do not eat turkey eggs.

I quess that cost is a reason we do not eat duck eggs.

Though we typically associate turkey with Thanksgiving, it’s a popular dish year-round and is the fourth most-consumed meat in the U.S. behind chicken, beef, and pork. Despite this, turkey eggs are missing from the shelves of supermarkets and even specialty grocery stores. But that apparently has nothing to do with their edibility. They reportedly taste just as good as chicken eggs—or even better, according to some people—but the eggs laid by this all-American bird are impractical to produce.

According to Modern Farmer, selling turkey eggs isn’t economically feasible for most farmers already raising the birds for slaughter. Mature female turkeys lay a maximum of two eggs per week. Compare that to chickens and ducks, which produce roughly one egg a day. Because turkeys live longer than chickens, they take more time to reach egg-laying age: about 7 months instead of 5. These big birds also need more space and feed to live on a farm than their smaller relatives. Factor in the time and resources required to produce them and turkey eggs end up costing upwards of $3 each, or nearly double the average price of a carton of one dozen chicken eggs.

Plenty of luxury food items sell for more than $3, but are turkey eggs worth the extravagant cost? People who have sampled the product say they taste similar to the much cheaper chicken egg, which means the answer is probably not. The biggest difference between the two eggs is the size. Turkey eggs are slightly larger; they also have a harder shell and thicker membrane.

According to some connoisseurs, turkey eggs do offer a few advantages over their more affordable counterparts. Their yolks are reportedly richer and creamier, making them ideal for sauces. Victorian-era celebrity chef Alexis Soyer claimed they were also better for baking than chicken eggs.

If you’re interested in trying turkey eggs for yourself, they’re not impossible to find. Ask your local turkey farm if they sell their birds’ eggs. They could be the perfect accompaniment to the breakfast of Thanksgiving leftovers you eat on Friday morning.

December 1944 Leyte

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USS Ward off of Ormac

6 December – the main thrust of Operation Wa on Leyte, P.I. was provided by the Japanese 26th Division, minus the battalion that was attempting to protect Ormoc, but the enemy found it difficult to maintain their schedule given to them by the Manila headquarters.  General Suzuki requested a 2-day delay, but he was denied.

Only 300 Japanese paratroopers of the 16th Division were left after desertions to jump on the Buraen airfield.  The 700 troopers of the 3rd Parachute Regiment, flying in from Luzon, ran into heavy flak and lost 4 planes.  The remaining Japanese

Major Shirai Tsuneharu suiting up for Leyte jump.

aircraft dropped their troopers on the 11th Airborne Headquarters Company.  [Smitty’s unit] (an eye witness story on this will appear next Monday)

8→9 December – 500 more enemy paratroopers were assigned to to jump on an airfield above Ormoc near…

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USMC Birthday | Veterans Day

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US Marine Corps Birthday

10 November 2021 – The United States Marine Corps’ 246th Birthday

Prior to 1921, Marines celebrated the recreation of the Corps on 11 July with little pomp or pageantry. On 21 October 1921, MajorEdwin North McClellan, in charge of the Corps’s fledglinghistorical section, sent a memorandum to CommandantJohn A. Lejeune, suggesting the Marines’ original birthday of 10 November be declared a Marine Corps holiday to be celebrated throughout the Corps. Lejeune so ordered in Marine Corps Order 47:

Sketch of the original Tun Tavern

11 November 2021 – U.S. Veterans Day

On November 11th, we pause to reflect on the history of this great Nation and honor all those who fought to defend it. Originally titled “Armistice Day” and intended to celebrate the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars,” Veterans Day allows us to give…

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Is A Deadlier Virus Coming?

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A top virologist made an appearance on Fox News last week, and was dishing the dirt of Covid’s origins – it “escaped” from the lab – and its creation – it wasn’t from bats. Unfortunately, that may be the only good news here.

That COVID-19 escaped from the Wuhan lab went from a “fringe conspiracy theory” to one of the leading explanations for the pandemic in record time.

Every couple of weeks it seems that there’s a new piece of evidence supporting the theory, and Dr. Stephen Quay laid out the case in his explosive but under-reported Wall Street Journal article titled “Science Closes in on Covid’s Origins,” while arguing that a virus far more dangerous may be in that lab.

He spoke to Fox’s Martha MacCallum to discuss it earlier this week. The relevant quotes from the interview are as follows:

There are a few explanations pertaining to…

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Playing cards made history

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Playing cards to pass the time

War can be hell… and war can be absolute boredom.  There are few better ways to pass the time than by playing cards.  They’re easy to carry: small and lightweight, they fit into a rucksack, duffel bag or Alice pack without having to sacrifice any piece of essential gear.

Plus – they’re cheap!

Wartime decks have been used to help soldiers in the field learn about their enemies and allies, to identify aircraft and even teach American history.  In the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American forces used playing cards to identify the most wanted members of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The U.S. Army and the United States Playing Card Company cooperation goes way back.  But it was their brand Bicycle that took it to a whole new level.

During WWII, Allied Intelligence officers contacted the card company to produce the most clandestine deck of cards…

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Smitty’s Letter XIV “On The Move (again)”

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LSTs unload at Leyte

By mid-November, Gen. Krueger’s 4 divisions held only a small fraction of Leyte and Yamashita’s reinforcements were still landing.  The weather was grounding aircraft on both sides.

18 November, the 11th Airborne joined in on the King II Operation.  The 2nd battalion of the 187th Regiment went aboard the USS Calvert to land on Bito Beach.  Being as Smitty was part of Gen. Swing’s staff in HQ Company, I do not know if he went aboard this ship.


Letter XIV                                                                             “On The Move (again)”


Dear Mom, 

We have been at sea now for three days heading toward someplace the Land and the great white father in Washington only knows.

As I sit here writing this, I just can’t help but feel like a very small insignificant part of something so vast that the mind can’t in any way begin to comprehend…

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Leyte | start of November 1944

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3 November – When the Japanese 57th Regiment arrived at Limon, Gen. Krueger’s 24th Division was on the other side of the mountain range.  Rather than attack the lightly defended enemy positions, he halted his troops.  For some reason, he was expecting a possible enemy amphibious landing and the US attack would not begin for 2 more days.

5→10 November – in the 19th year of Showa, for the Japanese, the G.I. mortar and machine-gun fire seemed to nearly wipe out the squad scaling the ridge.  As the brush caught fire, the Americans of I Company/3rd Battalion/21st Infantry Regiment/ 24th Division, attacked and charged over the ridge until the enemy’s big guns opened up.  Another Japanese force arrived and the US troops retreated.  This would be known as Breakneck Ridge [Yahiro Hill to the Japanese].

Breakneck Ridge, Leyte; courtesy of Koji Kanemoto

Even with the support of the 1st…

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Marine Killed In Action During World War II Laid To Rest In Kansas

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Private First Class Glenn Franklin White.

A Marine who lost his life fighting the Japanese in the Tarawa Atoll has been laid to rest in his hometown of Emporia, Kansas. Private First Class Glenn Franklin White’s remains were located on the island of Betio in 2019 and accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Account Agency (DPAA) on June 7, 2021.

Two Marines carry another Marine over a wooden fence
Marines during the Battle of Tarawa Atoll, November 1943. (Photo Credit: National Museum of Health and Medicine / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0)

White’s remains arrived at the Kansas City International Airport on September 17, 2021 and escorted to Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home in Emporia. The next day, his casket was escorted to Memorial Lawn Cemetery by the Patriot Guard, Lyon County deputies and officers from the Emporia Police Department.

He was repatriated next to his family with full Military Honors. A “Missing Man” fly-by was provided by the United States Marine Corps.

White was just 18 years old when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in the winter of 1942. He was in high school at the time and dropped out to enlist, traveling to a recruiting center in Kansas City, Missouri on February 10, 1942.

After completing training in San Diego, California, he was assigned to the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force as an automatic rifleman.

Military portrait of Pfc. Glenn F. White
Pfc. Glenn F. White. (Photo Credit: DPAA)

In November 1943, he and his unit were sent to the Gilbert Islands, where they were tasked with securing the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll. The Marines were met with heavy Japanese resistance. On November 22, 1943, White’s squad pushed ahead of Alpha’s main line of resistance to provide a screening force. They came under fire, and the young Marine was mortally wounded.

Despite his injuries, he continued to man his weapon, allowing those behind him to engage in the firefight. While the US forces were able to secure the island, 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed in the engagement and another 2,000 were injured. The Japanese were virtually annihilated.

White was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, now known as Cemetery 33. For his efforts, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal in June 1944. It is the US Armed Force’s third-highest honor for valor during combat and is awarded to those who show gallantry in action against enemy forces.

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US Marines during the Battle of Tarawa Atoll, November 1943. (Photo Credit: Education Images / Getty Images)

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all of the American remains found on the Tarawa Atoll at Lone Palm Cemetery for repatriation. Unfortunately, due to construction errors on Betio Island, over half of known casualties were never located, including White. As such, a Board of Review declared him “non-recoverable” in October 1949.

In 2009, a non-profit organization called History Flight Inc. began work to recover and identify those buried in the lost cemeteries of Betio Island. A decade later, in March 2019, several remains were found in Row D of Cemetery 33 and subsequently identified as Marines from the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force.

The remains were transferred to the DPAA laboratory at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. White’s remains were among them. To obtain a positive identification, scientists with the DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. As well, scientists with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. (Photo Credit: Gerald Watanabe / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)

White was officially accounted for on June 7, 2021. His name was recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, along with other missing military members from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has since been accounted for.