September 28

what’s a Hokie?

I AM.

spend a day in Blacksburg and you’ll see shirts with that tagline. but recently, a Hokie hater I know made an interesting comment, a common misconception many of us have heard before: “a Hokie is a castrated turkey“.

I’d like to set the record straight about my beloved birdy friend. Hokies have a full set of genitalia. no, it’s not typically displayed on our logos or our mascot, but I’ve never seen a Clemson Tiger or the Boston College Eagle with something flapping around down below, either. have you?

I did some research, and came up with this article on the HokieSports.com site.

A lot of misinformation seems to be flying around about the turkey, not the least of which is that a Hokie is a castrated gobbler, slander probably circulated by rivals who feel inadequate to our own beloved mascot. So set misinformed family and friends straight…

it then goes on to establish why Virginia Tech is just, well, awesome!

“I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character. … The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.” –Benjamin Franklin

and now you know… the rest of the story.


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Posted September 28, 2008 by calenfretts in category "random