Tuesday, June 22, 2004

The Phoblog Sports and Poultry Update

I know what you're thinking. Sports update I get. Poultry update, sure. But the two together? Oh ye of little faith:

But here's my question: Is the chicken a proper symbol of cowardice? Are chickens really chicken?

"They certainly are not,'' Francine Bradley of UC Davis tells Open Season. "It's a uniquely American idea, and it's not based on fact. Your question pushes my button of irritation because we hear this all the time. As a poultry scientist, it disturbs me greatly. Chickens are known for their bravery and tenacity.

"A gamecock is a chicken. It has been picked out for its aggressiveness and then bred for fighting. The only thing I can think of is that maybe early, people used 'chicken' (to epitomize cowardice) when they meant 'hen.' "

Oh - what - so the girl birds are chicken? Uh, er, cowards? Huh. Fine.

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