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Chicken hypnosis is a form of tonic immobility-- the state wherein an animal that is put under certain stressors becomes temporarily semi-paralyzed in a form of catalepsy. While specific reasons as to why this happens are unknown, it is thought that the "hypnosis" might be due to thanatosis, a specific kind of tonic immobility wherein an animal under threat plays dead (as seen in possums). It is a fear response, though chickens who are immobile will have their heart and respiration rates, as well as their body temperature, lower.

There are a myriad of ways to hypnotize a chicken.

One of the most well known is probably the "line" method.

1. Take chicken.
2. Lay on its side, wings folded close, head resting on the ground.
3. From where its eyes are, draw a line in the dust (or with chalk) directly away from its face.
4. Repeat a few times.
5. Release hen.
6. Profit.

As you might've gathered, the actual line bit isn't important. The important…

What a day, and it's only noon.

I've been wallowing a bit in a depression over Neil Peart passing away after a bout with glioblastoma, the same thing that our dannye had. 

Then my youngest daughter got rear-ended in Colorado, bad enough to destroy her Ford Expedition. She went to the hospital with back and shoulder injuries but neither are life-altering. Luckily my two grandkids were not with her at the time.

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If you wish to write don Quixote from scratch…


«Pierre Menard…» opens with a discussion on the two main branches of Menard’s oeuvre: one visible and one invisible. The former is easy to enumerate and understand, even if it seems to encompass many areas of knowledge. The latter, however, is «subterranean, endlessly heroic, without equal (…) unfinished.». This invisible catalog is a lot smaller: it comprises only chapters 9 and…

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