There have always been rumors the turkey legs sold at the theme parks are actually emu. Both are flightless birds, but there are key differences in these fowls.
Height: 39-49 inches
Weight: 11-24 pounds
Running speed: Up to 20 mph
Eggs: Tan with brown specks
Collective noun: A flock of turkeys
Other, unrelated rumor: Big Bird's costume on Sesame Street is made of turkey feathers.
Height: 5-6 feet
Weight: 90-120 pounds
Running speed: Up to 40 mph
Eggs: Medium to dark green
Collective noun: A mob of emus
Other, unrelated rumor: An emu was added to the background in a scene of "The Wizard of Oz" to disguise the image of a Munchkin actor who hanged himself.
Sources: University of Illinois, National Geographic, EmuFacts.com
(For the record, Robert Adams, executive chef at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom confirms the turkey legs are not made of emu. "We hear that all the time," he says. "They're real turkeys. It's what they are.")Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times