The Norman Transcript


April 12, 2013

The chicken or the egg

NORMAN — Now that Easter has come and gone, countless homes have acquired new additions to the family.

Many believe the Easter Bunny is responsible for dropping them off along with the pastel colored eggs, some of which were so well hidden no one will find them until their pungent perfume screams for attention. You do know we are not talking about a pleasant scent you may enjoy and use to mask unpleasant odors. They are the unpleasant odors.

The new live additions to the family are cute, fluffy, cuddly and yellow, usually referred to as baby chicks and ducklings. But after the novelty wears off, the cute creatures eventually grow up into neither cute nor fluffy fowl. Not only are they long-lived and require lots of care, they also are messy eaters and poop a lot. Also, the yellow fuzzy creatures are noisy and annoying. They are quite similar to human babies.

But unlike human babies, who we love, cherish and train — to potty in appropriate receptacles, to keep the noise down to a dull roar and to quit pestering us for more stuff and/or money, there is an expiration date. It is the inevitable diminishing of affection on the part of the recipient for the formerly cute and fuzzy creatures. In other words, the fowl are truly foul.

Due to the connection of Easter to the pastel-colored, hard-shelled objects previous ejected by fowl; we have now arrived at the age old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Whoever bothered to come up with the question in the first place was no Albert Einstein utilizing thought experiments to answer probing puzzles of the universe. The question does not even measure up to the equivalent of a parlor trick. What a waste of mental and verbal energy.

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