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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Yes, indeed. Why did the chicken cross the road?


This question has vexed, confused and been debated by scholars and philosophers since Pythagoras first postulated and calculated his fundamental Pythagorean theorem regarding the possible angles of a chicken crossing the road.


More recently, the question first appeared in an 1847 edition of The Knickerbocker, a New York City monthly magazine: why indeed did that chicken cross the road? Yet, there seemed to be no answer to this question.


Yet, today the animal rights world offers some answers, as described in the following articles:


· Highways are dangerous barriers for all sorts of wildlife. Around the world, bridges and tunnels just for animals make it easier for them to migrate, mate, eat, and survive.



· It's hard to say how many animals are killed by vehicles around the world every year, but it's estimated that up to one million are killed every day on the roads of the US alone.



· Because the bridges are so effective, the United States and Canada have upped the construction of these crossings in the last 30 years

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· $350 million of Biden’s infrastructure package isn’t for people. It’s for wildlife that needs help crossing the road.



Our own Rev. Sarah Bowen has been very much involved in these efforts to save animals from their innocent effort to simply “cross the road” safely. So, yes, there in fact is a reason why humans in fact build bridges so that our animal friends can cross the road.


Yet, alas, there is no recorded history whether the original chicken that attempted to cross the road in 1847 actually made it across the road. So, we will never know the answer to this question.


Rev. William

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