Episode 73: Smollop: Mike the Chicken

I am the Egg Man.


The chicken was the first domesticated animal ever. It was valued for fortune-telling and fertility in ancient Greece and Egypt. In the 9th century, Pope Nicholas I declares that the cock was a religious symbol, and should be displayed at churches as a reminder of St. Peter’s denial of Christ. To this day, many churches still maintain weathervanes topped by cocks.


Not a euphemism.

Cockfighting is believed to be the largest continuous sport on Earth, and was not illegal in Louisiana until 2008.

Mike even has a song written in his honor: Mike the Headless Chicken by Jane Gillies (feat. Mary Shapiro & Michael J. Ronstadt)

official site: miketheheadlesschicken.org

  • Yearly festival: the 17th Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival will be May 15th-16th 2015, in Fruita, Colorado. If you go, tell them The Dollop says hi.
  • Festival schedule
  • Events in this year’s festival include a 5k, disc golf, and a car show.
  • Mike’s official store, because you need a Mike the Headless Chicken t-shirt. You do.

And, Gareth’s reference to Benny and Joon
–imagine this scene, but with chicken heads instead of dinner rolls. You’re welcome.

Band names for this episode:

  • Mike’s Cerebellum
  • Miracle Fowl
  • Fiberglass Cow
  • Different Head
  • Freak Beast

About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.