Sunday, October 22, 2006

news of the weird, circa 1945

In Fruita, Colorado, they still celebrate Mike the Wonder Chicken, who lived a full 18 months after his head was chopped off.

The Amazing, true story of this famous fowl dates back to September 10, 1945 when Mike, a young Wyandotte rooster, was about to become the dinner of Fruita, Colorado, farmer Lloyd Olsen.

With a sharp ax in hand, Mr. Olsen firmly held Mike, preparing to make the bird ready for his wife Clara's cooking pot. Mr. Olsen swung the implement, thereby lopping off poor Mike's head. Mike shook off the event, then continued trying to peck for food.

Impressive and disturbing.

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