Chicken Accountability

image002I subscribe to Funny Times, a monthly newspaper filled with cartoons, funny stories and “News of the Weird.” (  The June 2013 issue included a cartoon by Martha Gradisher ( that showed a pleasingly plump chicken sitting in the witness box while the judge leaned over and said, “Witness is instructed to answer the road question.”

image004Chickens always make me smile. That cartoon in particular caused a cackle because sometimes we just can’t explain our actions. Chicken jokes are proof. There are dozens of variations, like:

Q. Why did the rubber chicken cross the road?
A: She wanted to stretch her legs.

Q: Why did the Roman chicken cross the road?
A: She was afraid someone would caesar!

I see two lessons here:

1)    Human ingenuity in coming up with excuses for chicken actions is quite astounding and delightful. Imagination is a great tool for exercising the brain.

2)    And then again, sometimes you just have to give it a rest. Most of us are expected to be accountable for a great many actions in our daily lives, and we are. We are Responsible People. But it seems to me that at least once a day we ought to be unaccountable. We need to do something “just because.”

Just for fun:

Here is an exercise from my MindPlay Connections™ title “Bird Brains on the Farm.” (

Why did the chicken . . .

  1. . . . cross the road? ___
  2. . . . go to the middle of the road? ___
  3. . . . cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again? ___
  4. . . . cross the playground? ___
  5. . . . cross the basketball court? ___

a. she heard the referee calling fowls
b. she was a dirty, double-crosser
c. to get to the other slide
d. to lay it on the line
e. to prove to the possum it could actually be done!

A chicken crossing the road, of course, is poultry in motion.

image006Just as an aside, May is International Respect for Chickens Month with activities sponsored by United Poultry Concerns (UPC). The organization promotes a vegan diet and compassionate treatment of chickens. I like their sense of humor. In 2010 they put 100 king-size posters on Washington, D.C. Metro buses with their slogan at right.

Learn more at


  1. e
  2. d
  3. b
  4. c
  5. a




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