Skip to comments.How the Chicken Conquered the World: The epic begins 10,000 years ago in an Asian jungle...
Posted on 06/18/2012 7:06:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The chickens that saved Western civilization were discovered, according to legend, by the side of a road in Greece in the first decade of the fifth century B.C. The Athenian general Themistocles, on his way to confront the invading Persian forces, stopped to watch two cocks fighting and summoned his troops, saying: "Behold, these do not fight for their household gods, for the monuments of their ancestors, for glory, for liberty or the safety of their children, but only because one will not give way to the other." The tale does not describe what happened to the loser, nor explain why the soldiers found this display of instinctive aggression inspirational rather than pointless and depressing. But history records that the Greeks, thus heartened, went on to repel the invaders, preserving the civilization that today honors those same creatures by breading, frying and dipping them into one's choice of sauce...
Chicken is the ubiquitous food of our era, crossing multiple cultural boundaries with ease. With its mild taste and uniform texture, chicken presents an intriguingly blank canvas for the flavor palette of almost any cuisine. A generation of Britons is coming of age in the belief that chicken tikka masala is the national dish, and the same thing is happening in China with Kentucky Fried Chicken. Long after the time when most families had a few hens running around the yard that could be grabbed and turned into dinner, chicken remains a nostalgic, evocative dish for most Americans. When author Jack Canfield was looking for a metaphor for psychological comfort, he didn't call it "Clam Chowder for the Soul."
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Still no word on which came first, apparently...
Skevos did well when he decided to stew that old bird up.
Plus, they could always sell a chicken for cash money as the need arose.
When I was quite young I bought a bantum rooster and his brown hen from a gypsy in the community. He could fight like nobody's business.
The ultimate evolution of the Chicken as a species:
Just don’t try pan frying old roosters.
My father’s father used to lock all his animals in the barn when they heard the gypsies were in the area in MN. My dad remembers the commotion when he was a little boy. The animals would disappear if they weren’t locked up. (At least, that is what my father said). It was during the Great Depression and Dad said no one stole or went hungry out on the farms. Then, he amended the statement-—and said there was stealing, but only if the gypsies were traveling through.
Stereotypes exist for a reason. Gypsies didn’t believe in private property rights.
Tastes like chicken.
its whats for dinner. I remember back to when I got to go and catch a chicken and place it in the funnel....then bleed it out and pluck it with grandma. Yummy! Then it was off the fetch some squirrels and maybe some dove and it wasnt long before we had dinner. Rabbit was excellent when grandma deep fried it as well. Something about lard and butter that made everything she made, better.
With the arrival of WWII most Roma in America went to California and other West Coast locations to do light metal work ~ mostly in the aircraft industry.
They've subsequently lost their 'culture'. Nothing like regular, steady employment to put an end to life on the road.
There's an entirely different group ~ the Travelers ~ who are not Roma. They are not ethnically the same, but a handful of Roma did enter UK at about the same time the Enclosure laws were putting tens of thousands of Irish and Scottish tenant farmers on the road.
Those Roma quickly expanded their reach into UK society and pocketbooks by "hiring on" native Irish and Scottish people.
Those are the folks your father feared in Minnesota.
Lard makes anything better.
Click on the photo at the link for the full picture.
The travelers where Irish
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Sure they did. It is just they only believed in Gypsy property rights.
It is a rather common view point.
Here in NYC, I usually settle for Eggland’s Best, unless I feel like paying $1 per egg.
I read an article about the prisons in Romania years ago, which didn’t represent the population at large-—the gypsies were the largest group incarcerated—much larger amount than percentage in the population. The article attributed it to their lack of respect for other people’s personal property. :)
That is the only thing I have really ever read about “gypsies” other than in books, like Hugo’s Esmerelda.
Both clans are highly integrated these days. Very diverse group. They can show up at a major store and loot it right under the cameras and you'll never catch any of them.
I rarely get Ameraucana’s and I never get them in a store.
Fantastic egg! The yolk is deep orange red, the white isn’t thin like water.
Aint none of them my kin!
Obviously that chick is a pedophile.
Chicken is the new steak around here. :)
especially my piecrust
Ace’s older sister Janie raises a few for eggs. They live just far enough out of Grand Rapids, MI to have them legally.
Lard rocks in pie crusts.
If chickens were native to Polynesia and found their way to Greece that means there was trade during ancient Greece times.
“The tale does not ... explain why the soldiers found this display of instinctive aggression inspirational rather than pointless and depressing.”
It doesn’t need to, since it’s self-evident. They found it inspirational because they needed the inspiration. It’s the same reason why we don’t critically examine the flawed logic or analogies in locker room halftime speeches. We need inspiration, someone is willing to provide it, so we suspend our disbelief. After the need has passed and the inspiration has served its purpose, we can comfortably look back, like this writer, and say “wait a second, that doesn’t quite make sense...”.
Just do an internet search for: Bimbo gypsy clan, and you can find plenty of reading about modern gypsies in America. They’re not too common, but they are around. We had family of them living down the block from us for a while when I was a kid.
Their children were not allowed to talk with or play with the other neighborhood kids, and they did not go to school. The kids would be out every day, on the corner at the intersection of the busy street, selling candy bars like they were for some school fundraiser. Except, the only fundraiser was for the gypsies; the parents bought the candy wholesale and used the profits from the kids’ labor to pay their living expenses. Nobody in the family held a regular job, they just ran scams and collected welfare.
Barry Fell thought there was a connection between Polynesia and ancient Greece.
Sounds like a tasty idea, I’ll have to consider doing that too.
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