POP QUIZ: WHAT ARE YA, CHICKEN? (answers)

First off, an apology. I made an obvious and silly error in question number 4. It should have said “Western New York State” instead of “Eastern”. My geography is not actually THAT bad, this was just a stupid mistake born of not paying attention. If that made you change your guess (and I’m sure it did for many of you) go ahead and give yourself a point. Heck, take two.

My error didn’t phase Susan McL though, who got that and several other questions correct to claim the title of this weeks cock-of-the-walk. Way to go Susan!

1) Although not 100% reliable, it’s usually the case that you can tell what colour egg a chicken will lay by looking at what part of its body?
2) In the 1966 film “The Ghost & Mr. Chicken” who played the character of Luther Heggs?
3) In the 1940’s, what was the name of the chicken that lived for eighteen months after being beheaded?
4) The invention of which chicken dish is usually credited to Teressa Bellissimo of the Anchor Bar in Eastern New York state, in 1964?
5) Who voiced Rocky the Road Island Red in the 2000 stop-motion animated film Chicken Run?
6) What golfer caused controversy and lost corporate sponsors in 1997 when he suggested that Tiger Woods be told not to select fried chicken for the Masters Champions Dinner, “or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve”?
7) On a rooster, what part of the body can come in varieties which include Cushion, Pea, Rose, Strawberry and Horn?
8) What US fast-food chain specialing in chicken raised the ire of one large group and the appreciaton of another large group when it took an openly anti-same-sex-marriage stance in 2011 & 2012?
9)Founded in 1914, by what name has the Van Camp Seafood Company been known since a 1997 corporate takeover?
10) In what US state would you find the town of Chicken, considered to have 17 year-round inhabitants, and which claims to be ‘the last surviving gold-rush town’?

1) EARLOBES
2) DON KNOTTS
3) MIKE (Miracle Mike or, simply, Mike The Headless Chicken)
4) BUFFALO WINGS
5) MEL GIBSON
6) FUZZY ZOELLER
7) THE COMB (Horn combs totally look like devil horns on a chicken. Google it, it’s hilarious.)
8) CHICK FIL A
9) CHICKEN OF THE SEA (fun fact: it was once owned by pet-food makers Ralston Purina. Mmm… pet food)
10) ALASKA

Mike The Headless Chicken was a real thing, that really happened, really. We’ve all heard the stories of (or maybe some of us have personally witnessed) chickens flopping around or even running around after being beheaded. Such episodes are usually brief. But Mike just kept going. He lived eighteen months and was a popular attraction at fairs and carnivals, until his owner, Lloyd Olsen, inadvertently forgot the tubes he used to feed Mike and clear his throat at the previous day’s tour stop, and Mike died as so many of us do: by choking to death in a motel just outside of Phoenix. Obituaries described him as “lightly fried”.

Chickens with white earlobes usually lay white eggs, and chickens with red earlobes usually lay brown eggs. Also… chickens have earlobes. Who knew?

I couldn’t make an interesting or challenging question out of it, but Harland Sanders was born in Henryville, Indiana, not Kentucky, and only ever spent about five months in the army, as a teamster in Cuba in 1906-7. His commission as a Kentucky Colonel was entirely honorary. He also once got in a gunfight with a competitor during which the competitor shot an innocent bystander, for which the competitor was convicted of murder and spent life in prison. Sanders was thus left without any local competition.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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