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Today's Lunchtime Article: Turkeys
In America, the predominant Turkey breed is the American Bronze (aka Broadbreasted White), which was developed in the 1950s for size and weight. 99% of the Turkeys sold are Broadbreasted White. These domesticated birds are so awkward that they can't fly or run: they can't breed by themselves, and have to be artificially inseminated. Without man around to help, there wouldn't be a next generation of them. They are usually brought to market within 3 months of hatching, at an average weight of 27 pounds (12 kg.)

When first hatched, Turkeys are not fed for the first day or so, as they are still digesting yolk that is in their stomachs.
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Bartolomeo Scappi
Bartolomeo Scappi (circa 1500 - 1570) was a Renaissance Italian author and cook. During his career, he cooked for six popes, and in fact was cooking at the Vatican at the same time as Michelangelo Buonarroti was working on the Sistine Chapel.

His life is mostly reconstructed from knowledge of the events and people that he describes. Some historians think Scappi was born in Bologna, others think Venice. The people in the province of Varese in Lombardy assert that he was born in Dumenza, Luinese in Varese Province, Lombardy.

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