For over 70 years, the President of the United States has been presented with a live domestic turkey by the National Turkey Federation on Thanksgiving. Today the two birds landed in DC, neither are likely to be eaten. Though the turkeys are pardoned two-by-two, the real reason for that number might have less to do with the necessity of a backup than the fact that turkeys get lonely. “Poultry like to have a friend,” Linker says, though the birds aren’t so social that you can stick a bunch of strangers in a pen and hope they get along. President Obama’s turkeys were in one partition and President Trump’s in another until Tot (D-IA) and Drumstick (R-MN) died, leaving Tater (D-IA) and Wishbone (R-MN) close by but ultimately alone. “We tried to put them together and they couldn’t stop fighting,” Linker says. So they were separated again, just one partition away from each other. Learn more about the brief, but storied life of a presidential turkey at @newfoodeconomy .org! Link in bio.