Chicken called Mike lived for 2 years without a head

Bob Landry—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images  Mike the headless chicken, October 1945. According to some accounts, the day the ax fell, Mike slept with his head under his wing.
Bob Landry—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Mike the headless chicken, October 1945. According to some accounts, the day the ax fell, Mike slept with his head under his wing.

September 10th, 1945 finds a strapping (but tender) five and a half month old Wyandotte rooster pecking through the dust of Fruita, Colorado. The unsuspecting bird had never looked so delicious as he did that, now famous, day. Clara Olsen was planning on featuring the plump chicken in the evening meal. Husband Lloyd Olsen was sent out, on a very routine mission, to prepare the designated fryer for the pan. Nothing about this task turned out to be routine. Lloyd knew his Mother in Law would be dining with them and would savor the neck. He positioned his ax precisely, estimating just the right tolerances, to leave a generous neck bone. “It was as important to Suck-Up to your Mother in Law in the 40’s as it is today.” A skillful blow was executed and the chicken staggered around like most freshly terminated poultry.

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