I didn't take this picture, but it made me laugh. I stole it from the Boston Globe's "Weird New England" community photo gallery, so I better give the photographer, 'Bmazzoli', proper credit. The Globe, my homepage at work, has lots of satisfying diversions, including opportunities for readers to send in interesting pictures.
This picture was particularly amusing to me because wild turkeys are the talk of the town here and make the news with relative regularity. Apparently the resurgence in the wild turkey population is "wreaking havoc" on some easily perturbed suburbanites. There are some turkeys that hang out by Matt's office which is surrounded by woods, but honestly, I haven't seen many here. I've seen many more in Michigan. And I've have never found them to be a nuissance.
This quite hilarious article in the Washington Post about wild turkeys in Massachusetts quotes a helpful website that offers this advice:
"Don't let turkeys intimidate you," [...] "Don't hesitate to scare or threaten a bold, aggressive turkey with loud noises, swatting with a broom or water sprayed from a hose. A dog on a leash is also an effective deterrent."
The same article quoted a Boston suburbanite who is easily perturbed by turkeys:
"I called Animal Rescue, but they wouldn't come. Finally the birds just took off," she said. But her problems weren't over. "Now we've got two more sets of them in town. They've been well-behaved, but they can also be dangerous. They're not at all afraid of people. You beep your horn at them, and they stand there like, 'What are you going to do now?' "
Matt has a saying that comes in handy when reading something like that, "People...are dumb."