Beefed-Up Turkeys

Here's a little pre-Thanksgiving news flash: Apparently, turkeys are like NFL linemen--they just keep getting bigger. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that the average weight of turkeys slaughtered in 2005 was 28.2 pounds, up from 27.2 pounds a year ago. It's all part of a long-term trend: Turkeys' average weight has increased 57 percent since 1965, when a typical bird weighed only 18 pounds.

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