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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

image for The Strange Case of the Missing Thanksgiving Turkeys Farmer John knew no one wanted to eat chicken on Thanksgiving.

It was a night just like any other night. Farmer John of the Turkey Lurkey Ranch said good night to his flock of prize winning turkeys and turned out the light. All was peaceful down on the farm even though Farmer John was a little sad knowing that his feathered friends would soon be sent off to grace many a Thanksgiving table. Peaceful yes, or so he thought…

Soon in the barn under the cover of darkness a fowl game was in play, literally.

Farmer John had been curious about a strange box labeled "Costume City" delivered to the farm just a few days before but concluded that it belonged to his farm hand Jack The Box was now at the center of all the activity in the barn. The lights had been turned on and with a wink and a nod the contents were passed out to all involved. When the mission was completed the barn returned to darkness.

Morning came and Farmer John went in to the barn and turned on the light. It was feeding time at the Turkey Lurkey Ranch… or was it?

A strange sound was coming from the stalls. Instead of the gobble gobbles that greeted Farmer John every morning he heard a muffled clucking sound. In a panic Farmer John ran and threw opened the stalls one by one. To his surprise no turkeys remained instead chickens had replaced his precious flock. Chickens? Who could have done this? Farmer John knew no one wanted to eat chicken on Thanksgiving. He had heard of turning water into wine and straw into gold but what kind of magician would turn turkeys into chickens?

Unsure of what to do Farmer John called police. The responding officers were equally baffled. Who, how and why would anyone do such a thing? Then one of the officers examining the chickens found a very interesting thing. Under one of the wing feathers he found a tag that read "Dry Clean Only." Hummmm…

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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