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Artist Lays Egg

Chuck mentioned a few weeks ago that French performance artist Abraham Poincheval would soon be sitting on a dozen eggs until they hatch. He's now well into the process of doing that and has hatched nine eggs already. [Heat St., News24.com]

Poincheval hatching eggs


Back in 1946, the legendary PR man Jim Moran did something similar. He sat on an ostrich egg for 19 days until it hatched, to publicize the movie The Egg and I.

Jim Moran with egg


But the most famous case of a human incubating an egg may be from 1958 when Mrs. Ella Petry carried an egg in her cleavage for 21 days to prove that she could hatch an egg that way. It started as a dare in her neighborhood pub. And yes, the egg did eventually hatch.

The Louisville Courier-Journal - June 4, 1958


Mrs. Petry's stunt was recreated in 1969 for Lord Snowdon's TV documentary "Love of a Kind" that explored the strange relationships between people and their pets. The documentary then sparked an extended debate in the British press over whether it was actually possible for a woman to incubate an egg that way. Would there be enough warmth? The scientific director of the British Egg Marketing Board eventually weighed in on the debate and said yes, it should be possible. In fact, it was apparently an ancient custom among peasant women in Italy to do exactly this. The gender of a chick hatched in a woman's bosom is said to foretell the gender of the woman's next child.

Daily Sketch reporter Erica Wallace recreates Ella Petry's incubation stunt. Life - Dec 12, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 22, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Publicity Stunts, Performance Art, Farming

Chicken Shaming

I hadn't realized that chickens were capable of deviant behavior of this kind. I mean, an entire mouse? Chickens eat mice?

More at Chicken Hugs.





Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 01, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Farming

Chicken’s Symphony

Not bad, for a chicken.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 11, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Farming, Music

Manure Spreader Weather Vane

Some years ago, Bernard Hanson of Wrenshall, Minnesota turned an old horse-drawn manure spreader into a giant weather vane. I guess, because, why not.

He says, "It takes only a slight gust of wind to spin the spreader around so it faces into the wind."

I was curious whether the manure spreader weather vane could be seen on Google Street View, but where Hanson lives is so out-of-the-way that the Google Car hasn't got there yet. Though there is a satellite view.


via Farm Show

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 19, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Farming

Cattle Delivery Via Motorcycle

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I really wish this practice had caught on, for I would be delighted to be driving down a highway and see such a sight.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 28, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Farming, Inventions, 1920s, Motorcycles

Exploding Chickens

Spontaneously exploding chickens startle German farmer.

The Ogden Standard - Nov 17, 1950



Farmer Reports Hens Explode With Loud Bang
LUNEBERG, Germany, Nov 17 (UP) — An excited farmer told police today that some of his chickens "exploded with a loud bang while running across the barnyard."
An investigation showed that the chickens ate bits of carbide left behind by allied soldiers during fall maneuvers, later drank some water and the resulting gas blew them to bits.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 01, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Farming, Explosives, 1950s

2015 North American Manure Expo

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Not just a manure expo, but the 13th annual manure expo. Also, they held a slogan contest. I have no doubt that our community here on WU can come up with some interesting slogans. Slogans better than the ones at the link I bet. How about it guys?

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 26, 2015 - Comments (13)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Farming

The Popular Pickle



There is so much to love about this video, from the whimsical music which makes it seem as if the cucumbers are just going on holiday, instead of being wrenched from their happy fields and families, then sliced and seasoned for consumption by monstrous hairless apes, to the very phrase "pickle packer." The one omission, understandable in light of 1950s' reticence, is no mention of the cucumber as sex toy.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 10, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Advertising, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Farming, Vegetables, 1950s

The hen that laid an egg shaped like a light bulb

Rural electrification brought many benefits. But one of its stranger effects occurred on the Kentucky farm of Albert Clark in 1939. One of his hens stared and stared at the new light bulb hanging in the hen house, as if hypnotized by it. Then she laid an egg shaped like a light bulb. Clark sent the egg to the Rural Electrification Administration in D.C. as proof of what had occurred. This was big news in 1939.


Spokane Daily Chronicle - Jan 28, 1939


Harrisburg Sunday Courier - Feb 5, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 10, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Farming, 1930s

The Pig Swing



Alas, today's factory farming of pork precludes such luxury treatment.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 27, 2014 - Comments (19)
Category: Animals, Farming, Technology, 1960s

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