Nov 19 2010
What is this bone?
The real name of the wishbone is the furcula or “little fork.” It’s actually the bird’s collar bones fused together in the center. It acts as a spacer between the bird’s shoulders, strengthens its skeleton for flight and may even help it breathe.
Because the furcula is U-shaped, it works like an elastic spring when the bird flies. On the downbeat the U opens wide, on the upstroke it returns to the resting position.
Open, rest, open, rest. Imagine how fast the furcula vibrates inside a hummingbird!
Save the furcula from your turkey next Thursday and before it dries notice how flexible the U is and how well the fused center holds.
Dry the furcula for three days. Then find someone to pull it with you.
I hope you get your wish.
(photo from the blog wheniwas8. Click the photo to see the blog where it appears.)