From 1995, various historical figures answer the age-old question, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
- For the greater good.
- Karl Marx
- It was an historical inevitability.
- So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely chicken’s dominion maintained.
- Because of an excess of light pink gooey stuff in its pancreas.
- Jacques Derrida
- Any number of contending discourses may be discovered within the act of the chicken crossing the road, and each interpretation is equally valid as the authorial intent can never be discerned, because structuralism is DEAD, DAMMIT, DEAD!
- Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I’ll find out.
- Timothy Leary
- Because that’s the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.
- Douglas Adams
- Forty two.
- Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.
- Oliver North
- National security was at stake.
- B.F. Skinner
- Because the external influences which had pervaded its sensorium from birth had caused it to develop in such a fashion that it would tend to cross roads, even while believing these actions to be of its own free will.
- Carl Jung
- The confluence of events in the cultural gestalt necessitated that individual chickens cross roads at this historical juncture, and therefore synchronicitously brought such occurrences into being.
- Jean–Paul Sartre
- In order to act in good faith and be true to itself, the chicken found it necessary to cross the road.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
- The possibility of “crossing” was encoded into the objects “chicken” and “road,” and circumstances came into being which caused the actualization of this potential occurrence.
- Albert Einstein
- Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
- To actualize its potential.
- If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature.
- Howard Cosell
- It may very well have been one of the most astonishing events to grace the annals of history. An historic, unprecedented avian biped with the temerity to attempt such an herculean achievement formerly relegated to homo sapien pedestrians is truly a remarkable occurence.
- Salvador Dali
- The Fish.
- It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
- Emily Dickinson
- Because it could not stop for death.
- For fun.
- It didn’t cross the road; it transcended it.
- The eternal hen–principle made it do it.
- To die. In the rain.
- We are not sure which side of the road the chicken was on, but it was moving very fast.
- David Hume
- Out of custom and habit.
- Saddam Hussein
- This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.
- Jack Nicholson
- ’Cause it (censored) wanted to. That’s the (censored) reason.
- Pyrrho the Skeptic
- What road?
- Ronald Reagan
- I forget.
- John Sununu
- The Air Force was only too happy to provide the transportation, so quite understandably the chicken availed himself of the opportunity.
- The Sphinx
- You tell me.
- St. Peter
- I tell you, I don’t know any chicken.
- To live deliberately...and suck all the marrow out of life.
- Mark Twain
- The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.
- Herbert Marcuse
- It was beguiled by false needs. Evidently, it was under the impression that the other side of the road was even better than the side it was already on.
- Emile Durkheim
- The chicken may have been an individual seeking to express its moral imperative in doing the right thing.
- George H.W. Bush
- Chicken. Road. Crossed it. Just because.
- Rush Limbaugh
- Get back here, I’m still hungry! The darn thing just up and took off! And that was not the right thing to do.
- Bill Clinton
- Well, it could have crossed the road, for some reason, which we will determine after a period of study.
- Sinead O’Connor
- “Flee chicken! Flee and be free!” The chicken wanted freedom from the chicken–eating big people.
- Captain Kirk
- Perhaps/probably/it seems/to which direction did the chicken go? Bones? Scotty? Spock?
- Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a Colonel!
- She’s criss–crossed like a Christmas tree! I’ll need more time!
- Logic suggests the chicken required itself to be on the other side of the road. For which purpose cannot be determined at this time.
- Is it moral to interfere with the chicken’s choices?
- I sense something from the chicken, sir. It’s definitely across the road.
- Karl Marx
- In order for the chicken to have increased meat mass, the capitalists required the chicken to cross the road several times.
- Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate
- Can we talk about this? I mean, I’m not so happy right now and I’d rather not answer the question.
- F. Lee Bailey
- Objection, your Honor. My opponent is leading the chicken.
- Spike Lee
- It’s a chicken thing. You wouldn’t understand.
- Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally...
- You know, chickens and ducks can never really be friends.
No, not Christine O'Donnell or Sharron Angle—though this one answers Barbara Walters' famous question for them:
Now I'll be honest. When TPM Reader JB told me about Pterocarya fraxinifolia earlier today, I thought there was a pretty decent chance I was being punk'd. Or maybe JB had been punk'd. Someone was getting punk'd. But some simple googling showed that if this is a put-on someone has spent a ton of time posting spoof pages on tons of arboreal and nursery websites around the world. More than 16,000 according to Google. So I'm going with the Caucasian Wingnut being the real thing.
Ironically, this Caucasian Wingnut is most common, or at least started out, in Northern Iran, which isn't necessarily what you'd figure for your garden variety Tea Partier. But there you go. JB says it's the official tree of the Tea Party Movement. But I'll just say you've been warned.
No, really: the Caucasian Wingnut is a tree.
(Via Talking Points Memo.)
The looks on the opposition's faces are well worth the price of admission:
From Dan Savage the week before last:
Is everyone in the Republican Party a closeted homosexual?
—Ken Mehlman's Out Now
Everyone except Ken Mehlman and Ben Quayle.
Of course, this simply isn't true. Other Republican leaders have come out as well.
I discovered this joke from the head of Duke's CCMBA IT department:
An accountant is having a hard time sleeping and goes to see his doctor. "Doctor, I just can't get to sleep at night."
"Have you tried counting sheep?"
"That's the problem - I make a mistake and then spend three hours trying to find it."
And 24 hours from now, I'll be somewhere over Minnesota on my way to Shanghai...