Why Did The
Chicken Cross The Road?
This nOde last updated December 17th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
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WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? (various authors)
For the greater good.
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.
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!
Because that's the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.
Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.
National Security was at stake.
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.
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.
In order to act in good faith and be true to itself, the chicken found it necessary to cross the road.
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.
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.
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 occurrence.
It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
Because it could not stop for death.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
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.
Out of custom and habit.
'Cause it fucking wanted to. THAT'S the fucking reason.
Pyrrho the Skeptic:
You tell me.
Henry David Thoreau:
To live deliberately ... and suck all the marrow out of life.
The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.
Because 9 in the first place means it furthers one to cross the Great Road. No blame.
To advise the Duke of Chou on crossing roads with chickenly piety.
If I told you, it would prove I don't know.
Chuang-tse: If Confucius and Lao-tse are on opposite sides of the same road , how much more so then the chicken?
Because it was his Will, and therefore the Whole of His Law.
He was unwittingly acting on instructions emanating from my immediate superiors in the Himalayas.
To demonstrate that there is no duality of This side and That side unless you think.
When a chicken in yourdream crosses a road in your dream, do you upon waking enquire into his motives?
To persuade the vegetarians that a chicken is just a fast plant.
He was impelled by the backward shockwave of the Eschaton towards the self-replicating machine hens glittering hyperspatially across the road.
Because the hyperbolic acceleration of roadcrossing technology led to a Singularity beyond which chickenhood on this side of the road is unimaginable.
Robert Anton Wilson:
Because the Illuminati had manipulated him into Reality Tunnel #23. Fnord.
Because of the selfishness of the road-crossing meme.
As part of a secret experiment in wireless chicken transmission.
In the absence of a technique to verify or falsify the assertion that he crossed it, the crossing must be regarded as chickenless.
Because it was his racial destiny to expand his Chickensraum.
Are you so sure he really crossed it? Look again..
Because chickens will not cease from crossing, and the end of all their crossings will be to reach the side of the road they started from, and to know it for the first time.
He was reacting to a repressed traumatic caponisation in his childhood which he will now share with us in detail.
Because the inbreeding which had reduced his once proud line to alcoholic degenerates brooding among the magnolias serpentine with kudzu as the Mississippi sun poured its withering scorn on the abandoned cotton fields where his deranged father had pecked in dusty vain for forty years had driven him to the point where he no longer knew when to stop or whether in fact it was a good idea to stop since in his rare moments of lucidity he could see not even a semicolon for miles and miles and then some.......
F. Scott Fitzgerald:
Because he believed in the greenlight, the orgiastic chicken-run that year by year recedes before us. It eluded him then, but that's no matter; tomorrow he will scurry faster, poke out his beak further, and one fine day....
To refute Berkeley's assertion that to be on the other side of the road is to appear to be there.
They say my head has been cut off, but the blind fools will soon know the eldritch horror of the abominable Pukpuklathop who froths with loathsome ecstacy in unspeakable slime beyond the NOW OPENED PORTALS TO THE OTHER SIDE!!!
Because I designed the Information Superhighway so that all chickens, especially American ones, can cross under our benevolent supervision.
To prove that had doctored photos of the other side of the road.
As roads to wanton chickens are we to the gods; they cross us for their sport.
Dr. Emmett Brown:
"Roads? Where I'm going, the chicken doesn't need roads!"
When the bizarre and solitary chicken disappeared across the road, his landlady's nephew, who felt an odd kinship toward the clucking fowl, found an egg inside the pen she once inhabitted....
Get your chicken running.
Paul McCartney: (from the other side of the
Yesterday.... all our chickens were so far away.
Boddhidarma: Bring me that chicken.
The chicken pleaded with Sam to let her go. She even tried to seduce him. But Sam sneered, "I won't play the sap for you." He had to clear himself from guilt, and no chicken would stand in his way. His smile widened as he gazed at the bird. "When they fry you, I'll always remember you, kid," he said.
Wilbur and Orville Wright:
As to why, it is hard to say. Yet after we saw that it couldn't fly, a thought occurred... If we could build a skid with a track going down the hill to the road, she just might make it across without touching the ground.
For that one crossing, there is an equal and opposite crossing occurring simultaneously.
The chicken is not a crook.
I never met a chicken I didn't like.
That chicken made it across the road, because it ran against Jimmy Carter. Like Reagan, that chicken would have never made it, had it run unopposed.
O.J. Simpson's defense
team... one after the other:
Did you see the chicken cross the road? I didn't see the chicken cross the road. How can we be sure the chicken crossed the road? Just because the chicken was on this side for a time... and now is on the other side... is not adequate reason to be sure it crossed the road.
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, I've not been told!
Martin Luther King, Jr.. - I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross the road without having their motives called into question.
Grandpa - In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.
Saddam Hussein - This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.
Fox Mulder - You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross before you believe it?
Freud - The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.
Louis Farrakhan - The road, you will see, represents the black man. The chicken crossed the "black man" in order to trample him and keep him down.
Alexander DeLarge: It was fagged of it's domy, me droogies, and wanted to secure a bit of the ol' ultra-violence.
Erwin Schrodinger - Until you actually observe the chicken, it exists in a superposition of both crossed and uncrossed states.
He crossed the road less traveled, and survived. That made all the difference.