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"Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Evaluation - 9/14/2008 5:57:16 PM   
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I've always understood the punch-line to the old, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" anecdote as a double-entendre, with "to get to the other side" used  to simultaneously depict death by vehicular collision (with an allusion to the afterlife), and the literal, unimpeded crossing of "said" street.

After a bit of research, I discovered that most experts, and your average Joe, consider the Chicken/Road situation to be an example of "anti-humor" : humor that results from the letdown stage of discovering that the joke actually lacks a punchline.

Do you think that the "Why did the chicken cross the road?" joke is meant to be a double entendre or anti-humor?

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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 6:05:08 PM   
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to get to the pussy!

THATS WHY



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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 6:09:19 PM   
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Are we turning this into surrealist humor?  Hell....why not?

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A:  More importantly: What did the road ever do to the chicken?

I guess my original question was author meant to gauge the opinion about the intentions of this joke's creator.

----This is kind of funny.

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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 6:30:22 PM   
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I always thought of it as a kind of shaggy dog story, one that makes no sense. But I'm sure to a very small person, the chicken joke is funny.

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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 6:34:54 PM   
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Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken? [Albert Einstein]

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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 6:42:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: DesFIP

I always thought of it as a kind of shaggy dog story, one that makes no sense. But I'm sure to a very small person, the chicken joke is funny.


A couple days ago,  I saw a  unintentional "shaggy dog story" that lost its original punch-line in translation from some Nordic European language, but became even funnier because of the sheer lack of humor.  Here it is:
  
        Three people are walking down the street.  The third person asks the second person, "Can I be in the middle?", to which the second person answers, "Why.... yes, you may."

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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 6:59:14 PM   
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Hmmm… I’m not sure I thought either.
 
I never assumed the chicken died, and I thought the punch line was a statement of the painfully obvious, but none the less, a punch line.
 
A translation of how it is interpreted in my mind; “Why did the chicken risk it’s life?” “It was attempting to progress.”
 
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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 7:03:42 PM   
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Chickens do not walk in a straight line.

nor are they thinking high level thoughts.



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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 7:08:23 PM   
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Another analogy I had come up with… “there was a nice looking cock on the other side!!”
 
You pick.
 
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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 7:39:59 PM   
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I have to admit, in all my years, I never thought of "to get to the other side" as in dying and going into the light.  I guess it's a possibility, but I always thought the punchline was just in stating the obvious....he crosses the road to literally get to the other side...of the road.

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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/14/2008 7:53:24 PM   
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he crosses the road... due to the high cost of gas??????

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RE: "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" Eva... - 9/15/2008 5:47:31 PM   
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I have to admit this is the first time I heard of the chicken/road joke relating to death. If the chicken dies, what's so funny about that? If that is the case, the chicken is brave to embrace death & cross over into the next life.

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