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Texans Chip in to Rescue Stranded Chicken-Hypnotist
Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 28, 9:19 AM ET | Reuters

Posted on 07/01/2002 7:19:18 PM PDT by vannrox

Texans Chip in to Rescue Stranded Chicken-Hypnotist



Texans Chip in to Rescue Stranded Chicken-Hypnotist
Fri Jun 28, 9:19 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - The plight of an Alaskan chicken-hypnotist whose circus tour was cut short in Edinburgh when a charity shop sold her bicycle by mistake has tweaked heartstrings as far afield as Austin, Texas.

Emily Harris left the 1,200-pound ($1,800) bicycle inside the shop this week and found it was missing after she came out of a fitting room. A shop assistant had sold it for 10 pounds.

Now a group of Austin engineers, who read about her loss on the Internet ( news - external web site), have raised $525 to help the 25-year-old from Palmer, Alaska, buy a new bicycle and resume her tour.

"There's been tons of layoffs here, Austin's been hit pretty hard with the technology sector, so we're just looking to do something to cheer ourselves up," software engineer Lawrence Hartley, who started the impromptu fundraising, told Reuters.

Hartley said he and his friends had identified with Harris after reading that her star act consisted of hypnotizing chickens and making them play the piano.

"We're all pretty much not quite normal. We identify more with a chicken-hypnotist than with the normal world," he said.

He and his friends have unusual hobbies of their own. One is building a submarine in his garage and several others practice "geo-caching," a form of treasure-hunting using satellite communications systems.

Harris was thrilled to hear of their efforts on her behalf and said $500 was enough for her to purchase a new bicycle and join her troupe for the rest of their tour of Britain.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alaskachicken; bicycle; circuis; hypnotist; strange; tour; unusual
I thought this was strange.
1 posted on 07/01/2002 7:19:18 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox; Cagey
One is building a submarine in his garage and several others practice "geo-caching," a form of treasure-hunting using satellite communications systems.

Translation = nerds..........

2 posted on 07/01/2002 7:23:11 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
This story is making me dizzy.
3 posted on 07/01/2002 7:29:22 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: vannrox
"I thought this was strange."

What? Don't you hypnotize your chickens? ;)

4 posted on 07/01/2002 7:30:23 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: vannrox
Are you sure you didn't get this story from The Onion?

I've got to wonder why a chicken hypnotist needs an $1800 bicycle for her act.

The whole idea of hypnotising chickens has always struck me as bizarre. It just seems to easy. You can kill a chicken with a sudden loud noise, it shouldn't be to hard to hypnotize one.

If someone could hypnotise a hippopotamus, now, that would be something. I san see the banner now: HURRY! SEE HARRY THE HIPPO HYPNOTIST! Try saying that fast.
5 posted on 07/01/2002 7:30:33 PM PDT by jimtorr
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
At least they are not sitting on their butts watching Oprah and Jerry Springer all day. I say, go for it!
6 posted on 07/01/2002 7:31:21 PM PDT by Dudoight
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To: Cagey
Dizzy? You are supposed to be "getting very sleepy"......."Now, play the piano with your nose"...........
7 posted on 07/01/2002 7:32:00 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Translation = nerds..........

Why thank you. I'm a geo-cacher.

8 posted on 07/01/2002 7:32:22 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Howdy!

9 posted on 07/01/2002 7:33:34 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: vannrox

Whattid she spin a pencil around her own head my mistake?

10 posted on 07/01/2002 7:33:34 PM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: Tennessee_Bob; Cagey
Why thank you. I'm a geo-cacher.

The prosecution rests, Your Honor......... (lol)

11 posted on 07/01/2002 7:33:43 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: vannrox
....star act consisted of hypnotizing chickens and making them play the piano.

That is something I would pay to go see. I won't pay very much. but I'll pay.

12 posted on 07/01/2002 7:34:09 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: dighton
Piano playing chickens here............
13 posted on 07/01/2002 7:35:46 PM PDT by MozartLover
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To: vannrox
Texans Chip in to Rescue Stranded Chicken-Hypnotist

I admit to being somewhat of a nerd and having played with geo-cacheing but I am NOT building a submarine in my garage AND I don't empathize with a chicken-hypnotist.

14 posted on 07/01/2002 7:36:09 PM PDT by TexasChip
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To: JZoback
That is something I would pay to go see.

The tip jar is on top.

15 posted on 07/01/2002 7:40:28 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: JRandomFreeper

AL GORE EXPLAINS HOW TO HYPNOTIZE CHICKENS.

16 posted on 07/01/2002 7:42:36 PM PDT by MozartLover
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To: MozartLover
Et tu, MozartLover?
17 posted on 07/01/2002 7:46:22 PM PDT by dighton
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Hypnotizing chickens is one of Algore's specialties!! He never said he could make them play the piano... Guess he needs more training.
18 posted on 07/01/2002 7:47:12 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: TexasChip
 
Texans Chip in to Rescue Stranded Chicken-Hypnotist

Beware of chips borne by Texans.
They may not be chickenchips.

19 posted on 07/01/2002 7:48:54 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: gcruse
Beware of chips borne by Texans.

Fresh ain't fair. You gotta at least wait until they dry a bit.

/john

20 posted on 07/01/2002 7:52:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper
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To: TexasChip
I'm so glad to see that you saw this! When I first read the headline, I thought it was referring to FR's own TexasChip!--It really caused me to do a double take!

Don't see you around the board very often these days. Hope all is well at your house.

21 posted on 07/01/2002 7:53:42 PM PDT by basil
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If this is such a small town, why don't they track down the person who bought an $1800 bicycle for only 10 pounds, and fire the idiot clerk who agreed to the exchange?

Someone made a pretty sweet deal. But the transaction can't be legal, since the seller didn't have title to the property. Rather than raising money, they should be finding the bicycle and returning it to its owner.
22 posted on 07/01/2002 7:53:57 PM PDT by Calvin Coolidge
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
There are 952 geocaches within a 100 mile radius of your zip code. There's one only 5 miles northeast of you right now.

http://www.geocaching.com/map/PA.asp?lat=40.45&lon=-75.35

I forgot the coding to make that a link - but it'll take you to a map of your state with the current caches. You're surrounded by nerds.

23 posted on 07/01/2002 7:54:49 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: Tennessee_Bob
You're surrounded by nerds.

You needed my zip code to tell me that??????? lol

24 posted on 07/01/2002 7:58:27 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Nah - I needed your zip code to get your lat and lon. Could you have told me that? :)
25 posted on 07/01/2002 8:00:55 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Sure I could have - my husband has a GPS...couldn't he get it from that?
26 posted on 07/01/2002 8:03:55 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Well, sure he could - but then, you'd look awful nerd like with that information.

If he's got a GPS, have him go to http://www.geocaching.com and check it out. It's a lot of fun, and a great way to get outside and hike around.
27 posted on 07/01/2002 8:10:49 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Sure I could have - my husband has a GPS..

The defense rests.

LOL! You ARE surrounded by nerds.

/john

28 posted on 07/01/2002 8:12:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Please don't tell him of any additional nerd activities - his plate is pretty full........ lol........
29 posted on 07/01/2002 8:13:08 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: dighton
LOL! Great minds, etc.:)
30 posted on 07/01/2002 8:15:33 PM PDT by MozartLover
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
What was his FR name again???
31 posted on 07/01/2002 8:16:04 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: vannrox
I bet it's hard to peck out a living that way.
32 posted on 07/01/2002 8:16:09 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: MissAmericanPie
The pay's lousy, too.... all they pay is chicken feed.
33 posted on 07/01/2002 8:25:04 PM PDT by Washington-Husky
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To: JRandomFreeper
You are right......they're everywhere! lol
34 posted on 07/01/2002 8:54:35 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Guilty as charged. Just ask Snowtrill. LOL! I don't have a GPS receiver, though. I borrowed one and wrote the BMA on the garage wall.

/john

35 posted on 07/01/2002 8:58:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper
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