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running around like a headless chicken - for HOW long?

The thylacine was Part 1, this is Part 2 of an irregular series of educational features :-)

Now, the phrase "running around like a headless chicken" comes from the fact (so I've been told) that when a chicken's head is cut off, the body still runs around for a while, but it'll stop soon after.. the heart would have pumped all the blood out of the severed arteries, and overall there's be no brain attached to tell the rest of the body what to do, right?

So, ... how long do you think a chicken HAS been able to survive after having its head lopped off?

a few hours? maybe a few days?

try ............ EIGHTEEN MONTHS!!! yep... one and a half years, ladies & gentlemen!

gee.. i suddenly feel like i'm hosting an episode of Ripley's Believe it or Not!

Click here for a brief write-up on Mike the Headless Chicken - this site also leads you to possible subscriptions to various newsletters like the REAL Stella Awards and This is True that help highlight the idiocy of the human race in general, and lawsuits in particular, and also Heroic Stories, which highlights the heroism of the human race. What a bunch we are, eh? (I subscribe to all three, btw).

And here's what the Guiness Book of World Records has to say about poor ol' Mike.

And that's it for Part 2 ... Part 3 will be posted when I stumble across yet another weird piece of news to share. Till then - keep supporting the blogging community, and keep in touch, people!

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