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Chicken Tuesday


I have my new (astonishingly expensive but VERY groovy) Prada glasses. They are varifocals and luckily, they don’t make me woozy like my old ones did. I now look like a very studious secretary. Not quite the look I was going for – I was aiming for very funky and trendy intellectual….. I was going to use Photo Booth on my Mac to take a photo of me wearing my glasses but I look too scary. You will just have to imagine them. Maybe when I get my Katie Holmes hairdo next week, I might look better….

Eric over at Speedcat Hollydale is running a Wordless Chicken Tuesday. Lots of chicken photographs. here’s mine.


This poor little creature is a featherless chicken which has been bred in the genetics faculty at the Rehovot Agronomy Institute near Tel Aviv, Israel.

“The idea behind the development of this naked bird is that it will create a more ‘convenient’ and energy efficient chicken which can live in warm countries where feathered chickens don’t do well and cooling systems are too expensive to be commonly affordable. Not growing feathers saves energy that can be used to grow meat.”

from Next Nature.

It also obviously doesn’t need plucking so it will save money in processing plants. I object to this on so many levels I don’t know where to begin. Read more about it here.

On a lighter note and to continue the theme here is a chicken joke…

A couple go for a meal at a Chinese restaurant and order the “Chicken Surprise”.
The waiter brings the meal, served in a lidded cast iron pot. Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly and she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down.

“Good grief, did you see that?” she asks her husband. He hasn’t, so she asks him to look in the pot. As he reaches for it, again the lid rises, and he sees two little eyes looking around before it slams down. Rather perturbed, he calls the waiter over, explains what is happening, and demands an explanation.
“Please sir,” says the waiter, “what did you order?”

The husband replies, “Chicken Surprise.”

“Ah… so sorry,” says the waiter, “I bring you Peeking Duck!”

Well, I didn’t say it was a good joke….. :-)

Unlike this which is a very good joke from the Savage Chickens web site


All you chaps, can switch off now, this next bit is for us ladies. Just had a laundry disaster of epic proportions. I had put a pair of new black jeans into the washing machine but did not wash them as I was waiting for more dark stuff to make a full load. Next day, forgot jeans were in there and put a load of whites – my undies and a load of white t-shirts in and washed the lot together. Needless to say they came out that particularly dingy shade of grey that looks revolting. Whole lot will have to be replaced. Oh well good excuse for a shopping expedition… and just as well nobody but me gets to see my undies these days ;-)

23 responses to “Chicken Tuesday

  1. Aaron Wakling January 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Aaron Wakling

  2. mywoodenrobot January 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I hate laundry mishaps like that. But for me, it’s no so much about the color, it’s about the chapstick I forgot to take out of my pocket. Melted chapstick all over my tshirts, jeans, everything. Junior year in high school, I didn’t have any clothes that didn’t have chapstick stains.

  3. strugglingwriter January 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Very nice book!

    Sorry, I broke the rules and read the laundry part. Let me just say this is the reason I don’t do laundry (actually, I try to wash my own stuff, my wife’s is too complicated). There are just too many rules., such as “separate colors” and pre-treat massive blood stains. :)

    I’m sorry your clothes were ruined :(

  4. Diane January 22, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Jane – I hate leaving tissues in pockets – although the damage isn’t permanent! Chapstick – must look out for that one!

    SW – I get to buy new ones so every cloud has a silver lining..:-)

  5. Diane January 22, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I don’t think that God had anything to do with that poor little beastie unfortunately… :-(

  6. RennyBA January 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Hmmmmm trying to imagine you in your new glasses and the picture that’s running around in my head is of you, both studious secretary and trendy intellectual?

  7. laketrees January 22, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    the chicken actually coordinates with your book (colourwise)
    all it needs is a black bow around its neck :)

  8. Diane January 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Renny after I wrote that I suddenly thought that I was going to get a lot of hate mail from secretaries. Nothing wrong with being a studious secretary – probably a good thing in fact…. OK Diane, quit while you are ahead…. :-)

    Kim – poor chook, he looks too much like an oven ready chicken. All they have to do it now is get the poor little thing to eat a loaf of bread and some sage and onion and he will come ready stuffed! Enough to turn me vegetarian :-(

  9. Speedcat January 22, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    What an amazing and creative post! I guess with Prada – you really do get inspired :) I was given a Prada wallet once, but was afraid to scratch it … still somewhere.

    Awww shucks, that lil chicken is cute and sad at the same time. That’s all I got to say bout that …. AND the joke was very funny. My father loves this type of word play humor, I can’t wait to tru it out. You know when a joke is just really silly, and you are in a sill mood (most of the time for me), they get the giggles going.

    Thanks so much for this super post, I enjoyed my time here today very much. I will have you on “THE BIG CHICKEN BOARD” in a few minutes.

    Eric from “Speedcat Hollydale”

  10. Diane January 22, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Eric – my pleasure! It’s good to get some inspiration from someone else every once in a while, so thank you!

    I seem to have been having animal themes for a while now – polar bears, penguins, now chickens…whatever next? :-)

  11. Speedcat January 22, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    How about a Condor? Ha Haa!!

  12. tulibri January 23, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Diane, just from “housewife” to “housewife” – decoloring resp. bleaching agents go very well with supposed-to-be white clothes :) Unless you really really want that shopping adventure … of course! Try domestos. Not exactly environmentally friendly, but works.

  13. Olga, the Traveling Bra January 23, 2008 at 4:47 am

    OMG – that POOR nekkid PINK chicken! ACK! Love your jokes though! And I allllllllways enjoy your books! :)
    Thanks for your vote at the BLogger Choice Awards too! (I made it to 1st place!) Whoo-hoo!!!

  14. Diane January 23, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Speedy – hmmm, that would be a challenge……

    Astrid – I’ve also thought of dying them – but then you end up with loads of undies the same colour…well, I suppose they were the same colour before but it seems OK to have loads of black or white undies – they are necessary, but lots of green, pink or blue?

    I shall try the bleach idea but maybe I’ll still have a shopping spree. beckons! :-)

  15. Diane January 23, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Olga – that is good news! I do enjoy reading about your travels …and your posts over at Go! Smell the Flowers. Congratulations!

  16. Robin Lee Sardini January 24, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Now that is one ugly chicken. I wouldn’t have believed it was real until I saw your story….
    Hey, have you tried a cup or two of vinegar in with those white clothes to get them bright again? Just something I read about the other day.

  17. Diane January 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Poor little creature! It’s all very well saying he will do better in warm climates but he might get sunburn with no feathers to protect him…..:-(

    I’ll try the vinegar thing, the bleach idea didn’t work so well. The bin beckons….. :-)

  18. Becky January 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    After looking at the chicken. It makes me want to be a vegan more. I am trying to be one currently and so far it had been fine. This is a strong image.

  19. Lady Banana January 24, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Ohh that’s not a nice look for a chicken! It’s really not right..

    As for your laundry mishap – wahhhh I’d be so p’eed off!

  20. Diane January 24, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Becky – My son is a vegan, I’m not, but we eat a lot of vegan meals. He says to tell you my vegan nut roast (which I made for him for Christmas lunch) is fantastic!

    Vegan or not, we both hate what they did to the poor chicken :-(

    Lady B – it really does bring home the reality of where the Sunday roast comes from doesn’t it?

    As for laundry, yes indeedy – mightily!

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