According to the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1, verses 20-22, the chicken came before the egg.
In 1975, the Atmospheric Science Research Center in New York conducted a series of experiments to see if chickens could help in the estimate of wind velocities during a tornado.
The idea was simple: chickens would be placed in a wind tunnel and, by varying the conditions, the researchers would discover what wind speed was necessary to remove a chicken's feathers from their follicles.
Valuable information would then be immediately known about any tornado which left a trail of plucked chickens behind.
Sadly, they discovered that the removal of chicken feathers in high winds operates according to complex and unpredictable rules depending on the chicken's condition and various environmental factors as well as wind speed.
They concluded that: 'Chicken plucking is of doubtful value as an index of tornado wind velocity.'
The chicken is the closest living relative of tyrannosaurus rex. It can travel at up to nine miles per hour and will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you change the lighting in such a way as to make them think a day is 28 hours long.
There are seven distinctive types of combs on chickens:
rose, strawberry, single, cushion, buttercup, pea, and V-shaped.
There are four places in the United States with the word "chicken" in their name:
Chicken, Alaska; Chicken Bristle, in Illinois and Kentucky; and Chicken Town, Pennsylvania.
- The largest chicken egg on record was nearly 12 oz in weight and measured 12 1/4 inches around.
- The greatest number of yolks in one chicken egg is nine.
- The record for laying the most eggs is seven in one day.
- The longest distance flown by any chicken is 301 1/2 feet and the longest flight lasted 13 seconds.
- A cross between a chicken and a turkey is called a turkin.
- In Gainesville, Georgia - the chicken capital of the world - it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.
- The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100 watt bulb for five hours.
On average, six chicken sandwiches are eaten every second in the UK. Since three Barbie dolls are sold every second worldwide, this means that every time anyone anywhere on earth buys a Barbie doll, two chicken sandwiches are eaten in Britain.
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