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That Time Gerald Ford Taunted a Pardoned Turkey With the Corpse of Its Dead Comrade

photo of Brian Resnick
November 26, 2013
(National Archives / Flickr)
photo of Brian Resnick
November 26, 2013

It's Nov. 20, 1975, and while we don't know if it was done by malice or oversight, President Ford is seen here taunting a living turkey with the featherless corpse of another, as if to say, "Your life is in the hands of my mercy." 

That living turkey, of course, wouldn't be long for the world anyway. Ford accepted the ready-to-roast bird from the National Turkey Federation while ceremonially pardoning the live one. Just cruel.

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