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So, Why *Did* the Chicken Cross the Road?

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There are some classic types of jokes that people either love or hate — puns, knock-knock jokes, elephant jokes, blonde jokes, light bulb jokes, Polack (or substitute the group of your choice) jokes, riddles, etc. Frankly there are some of those that I don't prefer personally. In today's blog post, I'm featuring why did the chicken cross the road? jokes.

Do you ever wonder how certain kinds of jokes ever got started? Here is some history of "why did the chicken cross the road?" jokes from Wikipedia [1]:

The exact origin of the riddle is obscure. Its first known appearance in print occurred in 1847 in The Knickerbocker, a New York monthly magazine: ...There are 'quips and quillets' which seem actual conundrums, but yet are none. Of such is this: 'Why does a chicken cross the street?' Are you 'out of town?' Do you 'give it up?' Well, then: 'Because it wants to get on the other side!'

Here are some of my favorite replies to the question Why did the chicken cross the road?

Any kindergarten teacher: To get to the other side.

Sir Edmund Hilary: Because it is there.

Confucius: Chicken who cross road at 5pm get very flat.

Barack H. Obama: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for change! The chicken wanted change.

Richard M. Nixon: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did not cross the road.

Dick Cheney: Did you say chicken? Where’s my gun?

Bill Clinton: I did not cross the road with that chick.

Al Gore: I invented the road and the chicken, but I regret inventing the chicken. It emits too many greenhouse gases.

Martin Luther King : It had a dream.

L.A. Police Department: Give us ten minutes with the chicken and we'll find out.

Grandparents: In our day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road, and that was good enough for us. And besides that, it had to cross it barefoot, while walking 10 miles to school in the snow before breakfast.

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Plato: For the greater good.

Aristotle: To actualize its potential.

Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability.

Salvador Dali: The Fish.

John Locke: Because he was exercising his natural right to liberty.

Albert Camus: It doesn't matter; the chicken's actions have no meaning except to him.

Albert Einstein: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

Charles Darwin: Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically predisposed to crossing roads. Besides, it was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.

Hippocrates: Because of an excess of phlegm in its pancreas.

Machiavelli: The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why? The ends of crossing the road justify whatever motive there was.

Emily Dickinson: Because it could not stop for death.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: It didn't cross the road; it transcended it.

Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.

George Orwell: Because the government had fooled him into thinking that he was crossing the road of his own free will, when he was really only serving their interests.

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

Robert Frost: To cross the road less traveled by.

Hamlet: That is not the question.

O.J. Simpson: It didn't. I was playing golf with the chicken at the time.

Gilligan: The traffic started getting rough; the chicken had to cross. If not for the plumage of its peerless tail, the chicken would be lost ... the chicken would be lost!

Captain James T. Kirk: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.

Forrest Gump: My mama always says, "Stupid is what stupid does."

Queen of Hearts: It doesn't matter. Off with its head.

Sherlock Holmes: Elementary, my dear Watson. She was chased across by a nine-month old white Persian cat with a broken tail and a rose thorn in its right forepaw.

Martha Stewart: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

Dr. Seuss:
Did the chicken cross the road?
Did he cross it with a toad?
Yes! The chicken crossed the road,
But why it crossed it, I've not been told!

Colonel Sanders: Did I miss one?!


All this talk about chickens makes me hungry. Recently several readers sent me a picture of a clipping from what is reported to be a newspaper in San Francisco.

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This person apparently does not realize that beef = cow; pork = pig; and chicken = well ... chicken. Maybe a reader of whatever newspaper that is in could counter with "Shame on you animals for crossing the road and thereby damaging our vehicles and hurting or even killing some of us humans!

As we Americans prepare for Thanksgiving, I want to tap into a huge news item — the gearing up for the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street by combining that thought with Thanksgiving.

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The 40th anniversary of Sesame Street was apparently SO HUGE that on Google it preempted the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. If you missed it, Google had a different Sesame Street picture each day that week. In my way of thinking, the folks at Google have a warped value system, as I mentioned in a post on Abe Lincoln earlier this year [2] when Google highlighted the 200th birthday of Darwin instead of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Maybe Google took their lead this time from Mr. Obama who chose not to join all the other world leaders for the celebration. There are so many truly sad, unspoken communications out there....

Back to lighter things.... If not Big Bird, what is/are your traditional meat/s on Thanksgiving Day? If you're having something different this year, what will you be eating instead? Do you have a favorite why did the chicken cross the road? joke that you would like to add to the comments?


"Do you love God too much to hurt Him?" - Michael A. Miller

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Why did the chicken cross the road?
To show the possum that it was actually possible.

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