A little turkey story rerun

Happy Thanksgiving!

Contributed by a reader, the story was first published at ExplorersWeb in 2003. The next year there was a rerun. Now the ExWeb tradition is moving to Pythom. Here goes the annual turkey story. Happy Thanksgiving, guys!

The climbing turkey

Getting ready to enter the world of extreme adventure, you are preparing your sponsor and media pitch and time has come to decide on a strategy. Before you decide on which tale to present, ponder this:

A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, but I haven’t got the energy.” “Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.”

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.