Mike


On September 10, 1945, Mr. Lloyd Olsen chopped the head off an unnamed rooster. The next day, the same rooster was found strutting around and earned the name Mike. The Olsens fed Mike by dripping a gruel mixture down his throat and and started earning more than $4, 500 ($44,000 today) a month from exhibiting him. Enough brain stem was left on Mike to allow him to continue normally: gurgling out crows and attempting to preen. Mike gained 5 1/2 pounds and lived for 18 months. While on a national tour, Mike chocked to death on his mucus when the Olsens could not find the eyedropper they used to regularly clear his throat.
In honor of Mike, the town of Fruita, Colorado holds an annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival. Events include a 5k "run like a chicken with your head cut off."
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The chicken lived 18 months? Unbelievable. That is definitely a lot longer than a cockroach can live without his head. This gives new meaning to the term, "like a chicken with its head cut off.

R.E.H. said...

Get the fuck outta here!? ;)

That is just amazing! To live on for that long without a head... but, the poor thing... talk about a freak-show chicken too.

Hmmm... if it lived that long, wouldn't it eventually have become a headless hen?

kasper794 said...

I can't believe it lived that long headless. Very fascinating.

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satire and theology said...

Interesting and incredible story, but even though I do eat chicken, I feel sorry for ol' headless Mike.

Have a good weekend...

40 Forever said...

How sad.

odd facts said...

It is kinda sad, but Mike didn't let his headlessness stop him. It's almost inspirational if you think about it.