Weird News: The mystery of the half-cock-chicken

It’s been a while, so I’ll just remind you: ‘Weird News’ is a feature keeping with the true journalistic nature of this humble media outlet. Every so often, I post a link to a fascinating, hilarious, or simply downright strange news story, accompanied as usual, by dim-witted commentary in a somewhat news-y tone.

As if the title of this post alone was not enough to intrigue you:

Imbuing new, unexpected meaning to the phrase ‘half-cocked’ the world over, Scottish biologists have recently come closer to solving one of the great mysteries of our time: half-cocks, or chickens that are quite literally split down the middle as half hen and half rooster. At first thought to be mutants of some sort, these chickens have baffled humans and, even more so, other chickens, for ages. New highly technological (insert jargon here) research has proven that these chickens are not mutants but are instead simply half male and half female all up in their chromosomes. Which, according to science, does not precisely indicate a mutant. As a result, half-cocks, despite their unappealing name, are making great gains in the eyes of traditionally resistant chicken societies everywhere.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8561814.stm

But seriously, this is actually quite interesting. Read it. Plus, if you click on the link you get to see a picture of one of these chickens.

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