"Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys, the list of the chicken's most lasting legacies may eventually include advanced materials such as self-organizing colloids, or optics that can transmit light with the efficiency of a crystal and the flexibility of a liquid. ..."
Article does not provide recipes.
posted by GhostRider
on Feb 25, 2014 -
is a look at the social movement I call ‘New Domesticity’ – the fascination with reviving “lost” domestic arts like canning, bread-baking, knitting, chicken-raising, etc. Why are women of my generation, the daughters of post-Betty Friedan feminists, embracing the domestic tasks that our mothers and grandmothers so eagerly shrugged off? Why has the image of the blissfully domestic supermom overtaken the Sex and the City-style single urban careerist as the media’s feminine ideal? Where does this movement come from? What does it mean for women? For families? For society?"
posted by showbiz_liz
on Sep 5, 2012 -
The Cornucopia Institute's Organic Egg Scorecard
ranks egg producers on a scale from 1 to 5 eggs,
using criteria like outdoor access, indoor space per bird, ownership structure, beak trimming and other factors
[pdf]. The scorecard is part of the Institute's new report, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture
. The executive summary
[pdf] provides some political context.
"Whole Foods, Walmart, A&P, Costco, Meijer, Safeway, and Trader Joe's store-brand eggs all received the lowest possible rating in Cornucopia's study.
posted by mediareport
on Oct 5, 2010 -
are words that are usually spoken but not written and are often onomatopoeic
, including (but not limited to
) the calls—often reduplicated
—with which we beckon domestic animals, kindred to our animal imitations
. In the States there are many more pig calls
. Maxim Gorky wrote that the sound tse tse
is used to call pigs in Russia. In Spanish coch
Americans use pipi
to call chickens and turkeys. In Ambon Malay
chickens are called with kurrrrr
or pan kur
. In Kiswahili
you call chickens with gurúgurúgurúgurú
, call dogs with aháháhá
, and straying cattle with ishiyeeyeeeeee
. In Sweden, they call cattle with a loud, high-pitched kulning
(akin to yodeling
). Cervantes wrote that they use tus tus
to call dogs in Spain. One source
says in Coolderry, Ireland
, they use gen-gen
to call pigs to ford, puddly pudde
to call ducks, peopeo
to call horses, and geg geg
to call geese. In Iceland, kibbakibb
is used to call sheep. In the Hiligaynon language of the Philippines, they call cats with míming
. In the parish of Nantcwnlle in Wales they have their own set of calls
posted by Mo Nickels
on Aug 27, 2005 -
First Birds with teeth in 70 million years
. Vicious toothed, flying microraptors once darkened the Jurassic skies. Now, scientists
have learned to activate the dormant, vestigal avian "tooth gene" and so coaxed chicken embryos into growing teeth. From the grave, Alfred Hitchcock enviously quips - "a messy thing indeed when toothed birds kill a man". Meanwhile the French are appalled: “quand les poules auront des dents”, which translates to “when hens have teeth”, is analogous to the English “pigs might fly”. Coming soon: flying pigs.
But there might be a baldness cure in this new research. I'll remember that as the flocks of mutant raptor-fowl move in for the kill.
posted by troutfishing
on Jun 4, 2003 -
Perdue to become the next Intel?
According to today's Washington Post
, researches at the University of Delaware have filed a patent to improve microchip performance by replacing silicon with a compound made from chicken feathers. Test show that chicken feather chips are twice
as fast as silicon chips. If this works, be on the lookout for chicken farm IPOs.
posted by monkey-mind
on Jul 8, 2002 -
Time to Crack Down on Cock.
"The driver had no license plate but plenty of chickens -- all of them clucking from the back seat and trunk ... The officer knew what he was seeing: The suspect was headed to a cockfight -- and jail."
posted by bclark
on Oct 25, 2001 -
Punk rock chickens!
This has to be one of the weirdest things I've seen. But when you work with chickens, I guess you get pretty bored. Enjoy!
posted by samsara
on Apr 14, 2001 -
In 2000, 40% of chickens sent to stores from seven plants was contaminated.
And this is just the one we've heard about. Between stories like this and the animal diseases in Europe, meat is looking less and less appetizing. It looks like what the food industry gets away with may finally be too outrageous to be ignored. Not to mention whether non-meat foods are processed with any more attention to sanitation than meats. Of course if they can get away with cutting costs this way, they will.
posted by aflakete
on Mar 2, 2001 -