Why did the chicken cross the road?

February 12, 2008

Something I never knew until recently, is that the typical question about a certain chicken walking across the road is actually a template to categorize your philosophy, policy or spiritual belief. A child might think that this question is asked to pass the time, but for philosophers this is humour.

I was looking for philosophies when I found a list of notable people answering the question. I tend to believe that it isn’t actually the people themselves answering, but those who studied their philosophy of life, because Buddha is there too. I picked out my favourites, all some that I agree with.

Douglas Adams: Forty-two.
Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.
Jack Nicholson: ‘Cause it fucking wanted to. That’s the fucking reason.
The Sphinx: You tell me.
Mr. T: If you saw me coming you’d cross the road too!
Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

You can read the rest here.

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