Talk:Turkey bowling

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I propose the removal of this section. A few stray nuts and two articles written about said nuts does not demonstrate the significance necessary for inclusion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:56, 23 November 2010 (UTC)


Turkey Bowling in 1930? - 7 bubyon >t

further reading[edit]

Lots of garbage online, but also some stories as well. Not very encyclopedic, but funny to read: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] ++

Turkey Bowling online game

ROTFL: there are Turkey Bowling Centers, too.


USA Today[edit]

It is claimed here (actually, here) that USA Today run a story about Derrick Johnson back in 1988, with some interesting/funny detail. If someone is near the lbrary, can you check it out? No archive online. - 7 bubyon >t 07:04, 8 January 2009 (UTC)


I removed the word humorous from the lead of this article since none of the references support it. Editor SemBubenny reverted this edit without explanation. Using this word is POV. It would be like saying "Bullfighting is a murderous sport..." or "Baseball is a clever sport..." This article should describe the activity in well-referenced terms. Using an unreferenced adjective like humerous implies that everyone believes this to be humorous, which the first reference clearly belies since it is about animal rights objections. It's quite different to say "Baseball is a team sport..." or using some other factual qualifier. Please explain the reasons for re-inserting humorous. Thanks Bob98133 (talk) 15:11, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

Are you saying that it is not a parody of bowling, that it is a regular sport? Unlike "Bullfighting is a murderous sport...", it is not a opinionated qualifier, it is a description of its essence. It is a fun, invented for fun. While I may bow to the formal request to provide a reference, I find it strange to think that it is something serious. - 7 bubyon >t 16:53, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
Maybe something like it's a parody of bowling - that would be less POV. Some people could find the parody humorous, others might find it tasteless - so saying it that way is less likely to be objectionable across the board. I worked in Bangladesh for a while and I know that folks there wouldn't find it humorous to see food tossed around, even though I understand that humor is the intent. I really see that people could object to it being called humorous, like the first reference states, the animal rights people were trying to stop it, so they obviously didn't find it humorous. It's a pretty quirky article anyhow, so it's not a huge deal, but at least everyone should agree on the definition. Bob98133 (talk) 17:04, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
Sorry, I have to disagree with your logic. Feminists think Blonde jokes are discrimination and insult. Many people think dead baby jokes are atrocious. Still, these are humor. You write yourself: "I understand that humor is the intent". It is the intent that counts. When I drop on my ass legs in the air, people laugh, while it is not funny to me. With humor it is all the time. - 7 bubyon >t 17:15, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
You wrote: "I worked in Bangladesh...: - I myself grew in a country where as a kid I was taught that to accidentally drop a piece of bread on the floor was grave misbehavior, when a book was a subject of reverence. Now I throw paperbacks into recycling. Attitudes change. - 7 bubyon >t 17:24, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
In conclusion, you say: "they obviously didn't find it humorous". Not so obvious, because I may just as well say "they obviously object to this kind of humor and amusement". - 7 bubyon >t 17:18, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

OK. Explain what makes this sport humorous. It's easy to understand that it is a parody, but I don't understand why this is a humorous sport. Are other sports humorous? Are some sports sad or sarcastic? There is no precedent for describing a sport as humorous, although some people might find some of them so. Bob98133 (talk) 17:56, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

OK. I see your point better now. Agreed. Word "humorous" removed. However please forgive me my poor command of English and please help to find and add a better qualifier for this "sport", so that we can distinguish it from hockey and bullfighting. - 7 bubyon >t 18:06, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for discussing this. I made a slight change to the lead - changed resembles to "based on". That is the way the article in People Mag about the founder says it. Hope you're OK with that. Cheers Bob98133 (talk) 18:43, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

Alternate Ways to Turkey Bowl[edit]

We turkey bowl outside, on Thanksgiving, for the last 15 years. Because the game is on grass, you cannot easily 'bowl' but instead throw the turkey. We use 5 gal plastic buckets as the pins. The turkey is frozen, covered with duct tape, and a handle is attached to facilitate tossing (handle not required). All the players 'buy-in' to the game at the outset, generating a pot of money to be awarded to the winner. Each round eliminates the bottom 1 or 2 bowlers. However, those who are eliminated can buy their way back into the contest, but just once. A family competition, every Thanksgiving. (talk) 23:09, 5 December 2014 (UTC)