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Monday, February 1, 2010

Chicken Playing Chicken

In the News: This category features news-related prompts.
Chicken plays chicken with drivers on busy street
Write the story behind the headline.

Source

We Have A Winner! 02/09/10
You know the old joke, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" I know one chicken that was going to find out the reason once and for all! He slowly stepped onto the street and was almost hit by a car. Every time he would try to run across the street, some vehicle would try to take him out! He's was so frustrated, he gave up. As he was walking back home, he did find a cross walk, so he decided to give that a try. Apparently, he didn't see where the sign said "Don't Walk" so once again, cars tried to take him out. He gave up, he was NEVER going to make it across the street, so back home he continued. When he arrived home, his neighbors confronted him, "You have so much to live for!" they cried out. He explained that all he was trying to do was find out why the chicken crossed the road. When he finally walked inside, he had left the tv on CNN and they were reporting some chicken was playing chicken with other cars on a busy street. To this day, no one believes him when he tells people that he doesn't know why the chicken crossed the road.
Winner: Silver Star (@silvrstar)
Reason: It's always the simple things that are over-dramatized in the news.

5 comments:

TMC said...

Mobile, AL

A chicken caused a ruckus today on highway 49 as it zigzagged across all lanes of traffic while chasing a grasshopper. Mr. Weatherly, the chicken's owner, stated to onlookers that he "quite plainly warned her about her grasshopper tunnel vision" and felt that one day it would in fact "be the death of her." Shamalamacluckcluck, a 2 year old mottled bantam hen, has had a fascination with grasshoppers since she was a chick. The most unique part of her story is that she doesn't eat the grasshoppers. When she catches one, she holds it very carefully in one foot and takes it to a particular section of the garden in Mr. Weatherly's yard where, apparently, many grasshoppers congregate.

Unfortunately for this grasshopper, he was a casualty of Highway 49. Shamalamacluckcluck almost joined him in the great farm beyond the clouds but narrowly escaped the wheels of Fred Kinkade's old red Ford. Once safely on the other side of the highway, the bantam tousled her feathers and took a seat under a tree, patiently waiting for Mr. Weatherly to come fetch her.

Vicki said...

Urban legend has it that a poultry truck turned over on the 101 in the 1970 and the chicken that escaped capture have been living in the oliander along the freeway in ever growing numbers ever since.

Until this week most drivers have not had much cause to think of this and the children passengers have spent time as they have driven by looking for glimpses of the chicken.

Today was a different story. Just after rush hour a small group of yellow chicks appeared walking alone across the freeway no harm came to them but they were then stranded on the other side. Their Mother Hen a red and brown large chicken looking like she weighed 10 lbs. began to run at the on coming traffic to try and help her babies across the road.
Confused motorists stopped and their front bumpers were pecked at by the hen.
After 15 minutes she was able to get all lanes stopped. Unfortunately this meant that there were several fender benders halting traffic.
The police were called and the Mother Hen and her chicks were collected and taken to a small farm in hidden hills.
No chicken or person was badly injured.

Mellodee said...

FLASH: The answer to the age-old question, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" was finally answered today. Researchers from the Chicken Institute of America (the real CIA!), have determined that chickens never wanted to cross the road in the first place!

Rather, as part of their coming of age, adolescent chickens ritualistically play "dodge-em" with those big shiny things zooming up and down the road. After successfully dodging all comers, the chickens settle down to their more mundane activities such as clucking, crowing, and laying eggs.

Next up for those CIA researchers is to tackle the haunting question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

silver star said...

You know the old joke, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" I know one chicken that was going to find out the reason once and for all! He slowly stepped onto the street and was almost hit by a car. Every time he would try to run across the street, some vehicle would try to take him out! He's was so frustrated, he gave up. As he was walking back home, he did find a cross walk, so he decided to give that a try. Apparently, he didn't see where the sign said "Don't Walk" so once again, cars tried to take him out. He gave up, he was NEVER going to make it across the street, so back home he continued. When he arrived home, his neighbors confronted him, "You have so much to live for!" they cried out. He explained that all he was trying to do was find out why the chicken crossed the road. When he finally walked inside, he had left the tv on CNN and they were reporting some chicken was playing chicken with other cars on a busy street. To this day, no one believes him when he tells people that he doesn't know why the chicken crossed the road.

C. Beth said...

I'm not moving these three-pronged feet!
I'm staying RIGHT HERE in the street!
You need to gather
That I would much rather
Be roadkill than slaughterhouse meat!

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