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The three Chicken Wars, and their (less than) lasting impacts

In the records of human conflicts, there are at least three Chicken Wars. Two left little mark on the world at large, and the third resulted in some strange work-arounds for heavy tariffs. The first was Wojna kokosza, the Chicken or Hen War of 1537, when an anti-royalist and anti-absolutist rokosz (rebellion) by the Polish nobility resulted in near-extinction of local "kokosz" (an egg laying hen), but little else. The second was an odd spin-off of the more serious War of the Quarduple Alliance that lasted from 1717 to 1720. Though most of the activity happened in Europe, there were some battles in North America. The Texas manifestation was the capture of some chickens by French forces from a Spanish mission, and a costly overreaction by Spanish religious and military men. The third Chicken War was a duel of tariffs during the Cold War, with the only lasting casualty being the availability of foreign-made light trucks in the United States. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 4, 2014 - 15 comments

New experiences are under development at this very moment

The VR Chicken Matrix: "a virtual chicken world in which caged animals think they're wandering happily around in the open... got me thinking again about Facebook's recent purchase of Oculus VR."
posted by kliuless on May 24, 2014 - 23 comments

The goat says "Meh"

Visualize a comic book, in your language, and imagine what would be written in the text balloon coming from the mouth of an animal. Now translate it. Derek Abbott of The University of Adelaide (previously) has compiled "the world’s biggest multilingual list" of animal sounds, commands, and pet names.
posted by Room 641-A on May 21, 2014 - 20 comments

220 chicken adoptions

“I’ve been cursed at over the phone because we couldn’t take someone’s unwanted rooster.”
posted by spamandkimchi on Mar 18, 2014 - 63 comments

Chicken lollipop

Jacques Pépin debones a Chicken Galantine Ballotine. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Jan 24, 2014 - 120 comments

American Recipe

You may not know his name but you will certainly know his work: Morris Cassanova (aka Mr Chicken) designs and makes signs for most of the fried chicken shops in the UK. Meet Mr. Chicken
posted by timshel on Dec 29, 2013 - 31 comments

Hobbits would only drink ales since lagers are not found on Middle-earth

So, you want to eat like a hobbit do you? The big old dragon of Middle-Earth recipes is the charmingly retro 'Middle-Earth Recipes' (now with a more modern and photo-friendly blog version ) from which NPR's Beth Accomando has complied an all-day feasting menu suitable for marathon watching (or reading) assorted Lord Of The Rings media while Recipewise sticks to foods served by Bilbo in The Hobbit itself and explains the Victorian convention of high vs. low tea. (Author Diane Duane's own Hobbit-inspired recipe, Took Family Seed Cake can be made with poppy rather than caraway seed if that's your thing) Need something to do while digesting? Why not read about the history and meaning of the rural comfort food in Tolkien at Strange Horizons " Well Stocked Larders: Food And Diet Of Hobbits" by Stephanie Green.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 15, 2013 - 45 comments

Cluck on the link

Gateway livestock The hazard of backyard chickens. The interweb loves its chickens: They're pets in the backyard, with their own magazines. Even the New Yorker says they're the "It" bird. But can you really handle chickens? Before you get overwhelmed and dump your new pets in the shelter, you might try renting. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Sep 27, 2013 - 57 comments

Epic Chick Fight

Stunt women Jessie Graff and Tree O'Toole recreate an epic live-action version of Family Guy's original epic chicken fight. (SLYT)
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 16, 2013 - 18 comments

Three Chicks, One Worm

Three chicks, one worm. (SLYT, SFW) Original, without music
posted by youngergirl44 on Apr 11, 2013 - 11 comments

Team Chicken or Team Egg?

Which came first: the chicken or the chicken egg? Nomenclature for the win! [more inside]
posted by amyms on Jan 24, 2013 - 9 comments

The smartest rubber Gallus domesticus you have ever met!

Camilla the rubber chicken is the child of a chicken and an extra-terrestrial visitor (whose name is being concealed for legal and safety issues)." After a sad childhood in the circus, Camilla joined the Heliophysics team at NASA and befriended Little SDO, the satellite component of the the Solar Dynamics Observatory. In her capacity as SDO mascot and astrochick, Camilla flew into space with Little SDO, flew into a solar radiation storm, continues to monitor space weather, and is training for a trip to the International Space Station alongside astronaut Lt. Commaner Wiseman. Camilla also participates in science outreach and education programs, and she's currently in Australia, preparing to run the solar eclipe marathon! [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Nov 5, 2012 - 8 comments

Chicken Noodle Soup

The broth is just chicken and onions, with a confetti of vegetables added at the end where their flavor remains bright. The noodles are wide and winding... But, for me, the real triumph was giving the chicken parts and onion a saute... before adding water to make the soup. This deepened flavor base makes for magical soup, with a bronzed color, more robust flavor and significantly reduced prep time. ... With all of the blustery, cold days to go this winter, everyone... deserves to have a homemade, from-scratch chicken noodle soup that can be pulled off in just about an hour in their back pocket. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Oct 10, 2012 - 57 comments

Kung Pao Chicken

Ding Baozhen (1820-1886) was a governor of Sichuan province during the Qing dynasty. The emperor bestowed upon him the title Gōng Bǎo - "palatial guardian". He supervised the reconstruction of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. But he achieved immortality through the dish named for him: Kung Pao Chicken. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 30, 2012 - 18 comments

Chicken Wings

Buffalo chicken wings were invented by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York in 1964. Americans will eat 25 billion of them this year - not a few of them at the 10th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival. Some people eat nothing else. Alton Brown steams his. But will any of them be more delicious than these Sriracha Garlic Wings?
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 7, 2012 - 121 comments

Chicks In Luxury

Petter Lippmann photographs elegant poultry.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 5, 2012 - 27 comments

Television: chewy chicken for the eyes

Canadian food chain Swiss Chalet decided to buy an entire cable channel devoted to 24 hour coverage of rotisserie chicken. That's it. Oh and dancing dipping sauce containers.
posted by The Whelk on May 12, 2012 - 55 comments

Coop Dreams

With the growing popularity of backyard chickens, some people are raising the art of the coop to a new level.
posted by ambrosia on Feb 17, 2012 - 62 comments

Feeling like a million, cos I got a couple dozen in the Chilly Bin

Up and coming rapper Home Brew spits the truth about New Zealand. His affinity for Crate beer, a resolve to sit back and let the world's problems unfold, and a penchant for BBQs makes for great Summer music. (hey it's summer over here alright..) Underneath the Shade , Chicken Chow Mein , Same Shit Different Day [more inside]
posted by midnightbarber on Jan 8, 2012 - 4 comments

How to hatch a dinosaur

How to hatch a dinosaur: 'So making a chicken egg hatch a baby dinosaur should really just be an issue of erasing what evolution has done to make a chicken. Every cell of a turkey carries the blueprints for making a tyrannosaurus, but the way the plans get read changes over time as the species evolves.' [via]
posted by dhruva on Oct 7, 2011 - 54 comments

Nothing gets this girl excited like a good meat sale!

Freezer Meals on the Cheap.
posted by bwg on Jun 26, 2011 - 94 comments

Chicken Vanishes, Heartbreak Ensues

Chicken Vanishes, Heartbreak Ensues: A front-yard chicken in Brooklyn is stolen, and a neighborhood rallies. (SLNYT)
posted by dirtdirt on May 27, 2011 - 50 comments

Why buy a cow when milk is cheap?

Here's a story about a nice lady who goes to the farmer's market and buys some fresh produce. [more inside]
posted by item on May 2, 2011 - 81 comments

Chickam 2011

Chickam 2011 has begun. Live cam of a chicken-egg incubator run by a Something Awful regular. So far five chicks have hatched, please welcome Rambo, Spaghetti, Weedcat, Pompadour and Duck. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Mar 19, 2011 - 28 comments

Wampa

Wampa at the gas station
posted by puny human on Jan 29, 2011 - 24 comments

CHICKEN POWERED STEADICAM

Chicken Powered Steadicam. Backdriving a chicken's head stability reflex. Chicken head tracking.
posted by Sticherbeast on Dec 7, 2010 - 20 comments

Act 1: Dinner. Act 2: Pie. Act 3: Grousing.

Since the very beginning, PRI's This American Life has (every few years) commemorated Thanksgiving in the US with episodes about the exotic mysteries of turkeys, chicken and other fowl. They call it Poultry Slam and episodes from 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2008 are all available for your turkey day and I-refuse-to-even-look-at-a-Walmart day enjoyment.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Nov 24, 2010 - 6 comments

To nom or not to nom: that is the question.

"What's scary is that we've brainwashed our kids so brilliantly -- so even though they know something is disgusting and gross, they'll still eat it if it's in that friendly little shape." Jamie Oliver shows children how chicken nuggets are made [SLYT].
posted by bayani on Oct 11, 2010 - 282 comments

Scientists prove that lunch came before breakfast

Scientists in Edinburgh have determined that the chicken came before the egg. [more inside]
posted by educatedslacker on Jul 16, 2010 - 38 comments

Surely you can't be serious?

“There is one line in ‘Zero Hour!’ where a stewardess says, completely seriously, ‘The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner,’ ” Mr. Abrahams said. “That was the essence of the movie. We just repeated the line. We didn’t have to change a thing.”

Airplane! (known in Australia as Flying High!) turns 30 [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Jun 28, 2010 - 186 comments

Balls-out Cuisine

A newspaper story about cooking testicles, featuring Chris Onstad, writer of Achewood. Also featuring an excerpt from his new Achewood cookbook, in which everyone's favorite Appalachian serial killer teaches us how to easily cook fried chicken. (Perfect fried chicken, previously on metafilter)
posted by Greg Nog on May 30, 2010 - 42 comments

Beer Cooler Sous Vide

Beer Cooler Sous-Vide can produce restaurant quality results, without expensive lab equipment. All you need is a beer cooler and an accurate thermometer and you can make perfectly medium rare steak with a great sear, moist and tender chicken breast , and flavorful salmon. [more inside]
posted by AceRock on May 7, 2010 - 56 comments

Stupid Pet Tricks

How to hypnotize a chicken (and for advanced hypnotizers only: the shark) (YT, annoying new age music)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 23, 2009 - 26 comments

He'll never be the head of a major corporation

Snapshots of Mike the Headless Chicken (NSFW, NSFV, previously)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 11, 2009 - 55 comments

How to eat a chicken wing

How to eat a chicken wing
posted by srboisvert on Oct 30, 2009 - 99 comments

Game of chicken

KFC 'colonel' dupes UN security [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 26, 2009 - 94 comments

KFC Double Down

"God clearly did not mean for humans to eat chicken, bacon, and low-quality, gelatinous cheese at the same time." Nathan Rabin tackles KFC's Double Down combo.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey on Sep 15, 2009 - 113 comments

The Chickening

The Chickening [via mefi projects] The Chickening is a video game about a chicken who shoots lasers. Out of his eyes.
posted by Burhanistan on Aug 5, 2009 - 46 comments

Wouldn't that be L'Ira di Khan?

Le Wrath Di Khan. This is too much of a geekgasm not to share. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 28, 2009 - 34 comments

A chicken in every post

The Natural History of the Chicken which recently aired on PBS is now available in 6 parts on youtube.. 1/6 [more inside]
posted by acro on Jun 22, 2009 - 18 comments

Canned Whole Chicken. Exactly what it says.

Canned Whole Chicken. Seriously, that's all it is. (photos are SFW, but not for the faint of stomach).
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Apr 30, 2009 - 113 comments

I love chicken. Chickeny chicken chicken.

My gut reaction was that the story--although a legitimate consumer complaint—seemed to reinforce a cultural stereotype about Black people and chicken. I know for a fact that no one on our staff meant for that to be the point of the story, but the fear that we would be accused of this sounded an alarm to me. It’s sad that I even had to worry about this.
Last week a couple of Popeye's restaurants in Rochester ran out of chicken. And local ABC affiliate WHAM decided to run a story. Some people complained, and WHAM responded. Warning: Second link contains some idiocy.
posted by hifiparasol on Apr 26, 2009 - 135 comments

Happy 5th Birthday Subservient Chicken

The creators of the subservient chicken look back on how it all came to be. As seen on MetaFilter 5 years ago today.
posted by billyfleetwood on Apr 7, 2009 - 33 comments

cluck cluck cluck BAWK! ROAR!!

When and if the dinochicken is created, Horner looks forward to bringing it out on a leash during lectures. (book)
posted by Pants! on Mar 15, 2009 - 24 comments

Good Night and Good Cluck

Troma Entertainment presents Poultrygeist:Night of the Chicken Dead! Troma, of course, being responsible for such fine films as The Toxic Avenger and Cannibal! The Musical has achieved in creating a PETA supported, gore-fest sure to offend. If you like that sort of thing and you can stomach this absolutely NSFW trailer then run out and rent this movie ASAP, but don't lay an egg over it's content and then say I didn't warn you.
posted by anoirmarie on Feb 17, 2009 - 35 comments

Iridescent Dinosaurs

The popular image of dinosaurs is probably wrong. Is the dinosaur related to the chicken? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Jan 22, 2009 - 77 comments

The National dish of Texas

Thanksgiving is a few days away and while most will be doing the turkey and trimmings thing and perhaps a ham, in my house we do that along with CFS and tamales. Sound strange? It is afterall, all about the gravy and gravy. YUM! Don't be afraid. Texas love & Happy Thanksgiving!
posted by shockingbluamp on Nov 24, 2008 - 23 comments

Does bacon really make everything better?

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: --- The Turbaconducken.
posted by empath on Nov 21, 2008 - 73 comments

Den Vaffel Bike

Waffle Bike is a fully weaponized waffle-making machine. (SLYT)
posted by photoslob on Aug 27, 2008 - 49 comments

Cluck?

Mike the headless chicken was a rooster who lived for 18 months after he was beheaded. In that time he grew from 2 1/2 to almost 8 pounds. When the veracity of this was questioned, the owner brought it to the University of Utah to have it's authenticity confirmed.
posted by quin on Aug 7, 2008 - 30 comments

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