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Which side of a wishbone wins?
For those unfamiliar with the bizarre game, two people grab hold of different sides of a wishbone and pull. The competitor who walks away with the bigger half is the winner. The victor is said to be granted good luck for the rest of the year.
How does the wishbone thing work?
Typically you dry the wishbone for a few days until it’s brittle. Then, two people hook their pinkie fingers around each end, make a wish and pull. Whoever ends up with the bigger piece will have their wish come true. If the other person chose the longer piece, they would get their wish instead.
What happens if the top of the wishbone breaks off?
According to the legend that has grown up in America over the past 400 years, if two people pull the ends of the wishbone until it breaks, the person left holding the longer piece will have his or her wish granted.
How did breaking the wishbone start?
The tradition of breaking a bird’s wishbone dates back to ancient Italy, where people would pull apart chicken clavicles for good luck. You see, these Romans believed that birds possessed divine powers. They also believed that keeping this particular bone would give them access to those powers.
What happens if neither person gets the wishbone?
A chicken wishbone would be snapped apart by two people while they were each making a wish. The person holding the longer piece was said to have good fortune or a wish granted. If the bone cracked evenly in half, both people would have their wishes come true.
Is there a wishbone in a turkey breast?
The wishbone is a thin, V-shaped bone found right between the neck and the breast.
What happens if you win the wishbone game?
Pulling apart the wishbone, someone wins, someone loses, but rarely do anyone’s wishes actually come true. It just leaves you wanting something you probably don’t even need. What if, this Thanksgiving, we flipped the wishbone game upside down?
How did the tradition of the wishbone come about?
Pulling apart the wishbone began as an ancient belief that chickens were fortune tellers. The tradition was passed down to generations and eventually came to America via the Pilgrims. At some point, turkeys replaced chickens and the wishbone legend morphed into our Thanksgiving festivities.
What happens when you pull the wishbone apart?
Pulling apart the wishbone, someone wins, someone loses, but rarely do anyone’s wishes actually come true. It just leaves you wanting something you probably don’t even need.
How did the pilgrims get the name wishbone?
In the New World, Pilgrims played tug-of-war with the bones of the more plentiful wild turkey, explains Kathleen Wall, a Colonial culinarian at the Plimoth Plantation museum, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The term “wishbone” didn’t emerge until the mid-1800s, around the time President Lincoln…