Why did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Karen Johnson, from Out of the Kaje #3 (October 1998)

You may have seen some of these jokes before (or something very like them). The ‘chicken’ joke is one of the most widespread in the world. Versions of it have been found scrawled on temples, office buildings, cave walls, and toilet doors (all the holy places of the world) from Sydney to Sri Lanka. In fact, this is such an old joke that they even found a version of it painted in the Lascaux caves in France, next to the running deer and hand prints “Why chicken cross road? – Sabre-tooth coming. – To eat chicken? – No. To eat us. Run!” Then there was the version carefully recorded on a rock wall somewhere in the Northern Territory – “Why did the chicken cross the road? – Uhhh. What’s a chicken?”
Needless to say, if you believe all that I’ve got a perfectly good bridge to sell you… it’s shaped like a coat hanger and it comes in a pre-assembled metal girder kit. BYO spanner (ultra-large) and be ready to dodge the traffic.
This may be an old joke, but all the versions of it on these pages came out of my own head, recorded during a brief spell of insanity. Sorry, I’m recovered now. I won’t do it again. I promise. It was a brief mental aberration caused by chronic lack of hot water…
With no further ado, here are the jokes.

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?


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