What is the origin of the question Why did the chicken cross the road?

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In ancient times, when farmers were first domesticating animals, they chose large areas of grasslands that they closed in with tall wooden fences, so the wild chickens couldn't fly over the top and would stay a reasonably short distance from the farmer's house. The farmer would put grain and worms in these areas to attract the chickens, while, over time, he would gradually decrease the size and height of the fenced in area. Finally, after the chickens were used to being fenced in, they never tried to escape because there was always food for them within the fenced in area. One day, the farmer was late bringing the chickens their food, so one of the smarter chickens found out that he could actually fly over the shorter fence, so he did, to look for food on the neighboring farmer's land. When the farmer finally did come with the food, he noticed that one of his chickens had gone, so he went to his neighbor's gate to yell at his neighbor: "Why did my chicken cross the road over to your place?" and his neighbor yelled back: "To get to the other side where I keep food out for my chickens!". Well, the farmers' wife thought this was a silly argument, and when she told her friends about it, she shortened it to the familiar version we hear way too often: "Why did the chicken cross the road?" "To get to the other side!"***(ACTUALLY, I MADE THIS STORY UP, BUT IT SOUNDED AUTHENTIC, DIDN'T IT!!!) ;-} Admit it; you believed it!!!
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Has there ever been an answer to that age old question - why did the chicken cross the road?

The answer is very simple. The chicken wanted to get to the other side. The reason for the odd answer is to fool the person you're asking. They will look pretty dumb because t

How did the chicken cross the road joke originate?

you know how people always say how did the chicken cross the road weel that's because in around 1930s in Texas it was market day and a man was selling chickens he had just sol

Why did the chicken cross the road riddle?

because there was a snake on his side there are actually many many answers to this riddle. One of the most common that I have heard is To get to the other side. OR It was the
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What is the real answer to why did the chicken cross the road?

First of all she didn't cross the road she was driving down the road in her Mustang GT (Black with silver stripes) and then, all of a sudden around the corner she saw Lady Clu