A Thanksgiving Tale…

Published November 19, 2007 by missharleyquinn


This is one of the funniest turkey stories out there, although not for the turkey or the other animals.

“In practice, though, even the Pilgrims did not typically enforce death for sex. In fact, only one person was put to death for a sex crime in the colony, poor Thomas Graunger, a teenage farm boy who, perhaps flush with the surge of hormones, turned to those he knew best. His story could make you look at the Thanksgiving turkey in a whole new way.

Governor William Bradford recounted the tale:

“He was this year detected of buggery, and indicted for the same, with a mare, a cow, two goats, five sheep, two calves and a turkey … He was first discovered by one that accidentally saw his lewd practice towards the mare. (I forbear particulars.) Being upon it examined and committed, in the end he not only confessed the fact with that beast at that time, but sundry times before and at several times with all the rest of the forenamed in his indictment.”

As punishment, he was forced to watch all the animals killed. At first, the court had a problem figuring out which sheep Thomas favored — sheep looking pretty much alike — but Thomas helpfully pointed out his sex partners. After being killed, they were buried in a pit, and then Thomas himself was hanged. If you wonder what the animals did to deserve it, Leviticus was cited by the court: “If a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death; and ye shall slay the beast.”

~Brian Alexander MSNBC.com




3 comments on “A Thanksgiving Tale…

  • Love the new SongSpot!

    I will never look upon another stuffed chop the same!

    You are a piece of work. Yet, I love it!

    I actually heard the story on a History Channel program and thought it was vastly amusing. It took me awhile to figure the Songspot think, but I love it. 🙂

  • OK- so that is not good. I guess there must have been pretty slim pickin’s back int he day. Glad I don’t have a kid named Thomas. I’d be hard to look at him without thinking about that! Yikes!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    It isn’t good, but I can’t help but wonder how he caught the turkey in the first place. I have friends who hunt and say the turkey is one of the harder birds to shoot because they’re so fast! I tend to think of Thomas as the Turkey whisperer. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well.

  • OMG- Where on earth do you find these things? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry over this one. heehee

    It’s my special useless gift, I recall things like turkey sex facts with perfect clarity, but can rarely find my sunglasses.

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