Monday, October 18, 2004

Largest chicken dance

Organizers of the Canfield Fair in Ohio, USA, hatched a plan. At 3pm on September 1, 1996, rides were paused and vendors stopped business. Then a record-breaking crowd of 72,000 performed the chicken dance.

The humble chicken has a glorious history. As well as having a dance named after it, the creature is often seen as a symbol of courage and bravery. Roosters (male chickens) can be aggressive animals. The rooster was adopted as a mascot by the ancient Gauls (a French tribe) and is still used as a mascot by modern French sporting teams. In Christian religious art the crowing rooster has been used to symbolize the resurrection of Christ, partly because its crow marks the start of the new day, or the arrival of "light" and the end of "darkness".

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