Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Some of you might have heard about Bob Bailey's Chicken Camp, which is a training session for animal trainers that teaches them to use operant conditioning and behavior observation by using a clicker.  This joke is along those lines and I thought it was so funny, I had to share it.  Disclaimer:  No chickens were harmed in the retelling of this joke.  LOL!

(Dog Trainer Version)

Pavlov:   We fed the chicken on the opposite side of the road each day at 4 p.m. until the chicken's autonomic system actually began causing the chicken to cross the road at 4 p.m. Without even questioning the "why."

B.F. Skinner:  On prior occasions when the chicken voluntarily crossed the road, this behavior was followed immediately by a reinforcing consequence.

Cesar Milan:  I bullied, chased, poked, and intimidated the chicken until it raced across the road, because I am a strong leader…

Barbara Woodhouse: You just say, "Walkies" with the right accent and place a crumpet on the other side of the road…

Karen Pryor:  By associating R+ with road crossing and P+ with standing still, with a VR schedule, and offering a reward in keeping with the Premack principle, we increased the intensity and frequency of the road crossing behavior.

Bill Koehler:  A few well-timed pops on the choke chain and the chicken was happy to cross the road.

Nicholas Dodman: I gave the chicken fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, carbamazepine, and azapirone and then it was happy to cross the road.

Patti Ruzzo:  I crossed the road, pausing every step to spit a treat out of my mouth like a human pez dispenser and the chicken followed along catching the treats.

E-Collar Advocate:  Whenever the chicken does not cross the road I give it an electric shock. But do not worry, the shock is no more than you would feel if you walked on a carpet wearing socks and it does not bother the chicken at all. They are happier having nice clear communication than they would be otherwise.

Yuppie:  Chickens are just like little people in feather jackets, and if you love them and feel sorry for them all the time, they will be happy to cross the road for you.

Paris Hilton:  Because I put it in a Gucci bag and carried it.

Shelter director:  Any chickens that do not cross the road will be euthanized for their own good, and the others we will "adopt" out tomorrow for only $200 each. Please send us money so we can keep doing more of this important work!

HSUS member:  I do not know anything about animals, I have never been around animals and am not really fond of animals, but we passed a law mandating that chickens be kept without cages because animals belong only in the wild and cannot be happy coexisting with man, so now they are walking wherever they want.

PETA member:  Chickens have the right to live in world without roads.  Any chicken that lives within a hundred miles of a road is suffering an inhumane existence and might eventually be hit by a car so we should kill it today to ensure that it does not die tomorrow.


Lindsay said...

Ha, I love the Paris Hilton one.

Elaine said...

Love these about the chicken crossing the road. My friend said the chicken always crossed the road to show the raccoon it could be done.

Knatolee said...

Hahahahha! Egg-cellent!

M-E said...

Most refreshing!
I love it!
Thank you!

Genny said...

Lindsay: I thought the Paris Hilton one was very funny!

Elaine: Thank you for stopping by to read my blog and for taking the time to leave me a comment.

Knat: I knew you would appreciate it with all of your beautiful chickens!

M-E: Thank you so much for reading my blog. I love when people leave me a comment, so thank you, thank you, thank you! I thought these were very funny too.

Razzberry Corner said...

Haha, you know me, Genny, I love chickens and chicken jokes!!! Thanks for the laugh! ~Lynn

Genny said...

Lynn: This is first joke I taught my oldest grandson when he was two. Of course, at his age, it went through a lot of variations. These reminded me of him. He's 8 now. Where does the time go?! I think they're smarter than we think -- chickens I mean. LOL