ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Farm Animals & Livestock

Severance Pays

Updated on November 9, 2014

Mike The Headless Chicken

There have been days when we have all felt like we’d lose our head if it wasn't attached to our necks. Sadly for a Fruita, Colorado chicken named Mike, his head was separated from his neck and he did in fact lose it. He ran about, as chickens without heads are wont to do, but instead of falling over dead after realizing that this is no way to live, Mike shook off the ax's kiss and went about his lifelong pastime of looking for food. It did prove difficult for him as his eyes were still attached to that part of his body that was no longer part of his body. This did not deter Mike and he went on to live eighteen long and glorious months…without a head.

Lloyd Olsen, the farmer whose stubborn chicken declined to become Sunday dinner, was puzzled by Mike’s blatant refusal to fall over dead like a good fowl, figured that if Mike’s will to live was that strong, who was he to stand in his way. He continued to feed Mike grain and water with an eyedropper and eventually got curious enough to go and seek answers to the mystery that was Mike. He took the Wyandotte rooster to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where some initially skeptical scientists ruffled the chicken’s feathers in an attempt to unravel the mystery. It was concluded that the ax has narrowly missed Mike’s jugular vein and a clot had almost immediately formed, thereby stanching the flow of blood. Most of Mike’s brain stem and one ear remained intact and with a chicken’s autonomic reflex actions being controlled by the brain stem, Mike remained a cheerful chicken.

Mike became a national celebrity and in 1946, he went on a national tour. Since he had no head for business, Mike took on a manager and, along with the Olsens, traveled across the country to be gawked at in such exotic American locales as New York, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Mike was featured in newspapers and even appeared in the magazines Life and Time. He must have felt like the cock of the walk as an unending flock of fans inevitably lined up to see him and he was eventually valued and insured for $10,000. He grew from a scrawny 2 ½ pounds to almost eight pounds during his eighteen month heyday, but it came to an end all too soon. After returning from one of his appearances, Mike’s esophagus became blocked and Lloyd Olsen was unable to find the eyedropper to clear it in time. Even in death, Mike proved that he was still able to give some of himself to humanity. He was delicious.

Mike’s legacy lives on to this day as Fruita pays homage to this headless hero of the henhouse with a festival in his honor. There is a Chicken Dance competition, chicken games, a chicken recipe contest, lots of fried chicken and, of course, the Run Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off 5K race. For more information, pictures, video and merchandise, just go to www.miketheheadlesschicken.org.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • misterhollywood profile image

      John Hollywood 3 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Informative hub!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)