Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mike The Headless Chicken

This was the VERY FIRST story I read online. Shaw used to have it's own great homepage when they first started offering Internet service that had Phreaky Phriday Phun Links and the story of a headless chicken was just the kind of cool that would get me hooked on this new medium.

Chicken brains are concentrated at the back of the skull, and there isn't much to begin with anyway. For that reason, a decapitated chicken can survive for quite a while, living off just its nerve endings.
Mike the Headless Chicken is perhaps the most famous example. Its owner, a farmer named Lloyd Olsen, chopped his head off in 1945, but the chicken just didn't die. So the family kept him around and dropped food and water directly into his esophagus. It finally gave out after 18 months and considerable media attention.

Fruita, Colorado has a sculpture honoring him.

1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A true legend. I'm glad there's a statue of him!