That Was Weird
Land Of The Chicken
I wouldn't say that we worship
the chicken in Georgia, but we do pay homage to our
uh, feathered friends.
The photo to the left is
the World Famous Big Chicken in Marietta. Most driving directions
in Marietta include this landmark. (i.e. Turn left at The Big
Chicken and go a mile.) In the 1990s, a tornado severely damaged
our beloved friend. Talk of not rebuilding was quickly quashed
by citizens of the metro Atlanta area. Yielding to public pressure,
the owners brought the Big Chicken back, even better than before.
The beak and eyes, which hadn't worked for decades, now snap and
roll at the traffic on Highway 41.
Outside the Forsyth County
Government Complex in Cumming, Georgia, a local hero is honored
with a life size sculpture. This soft spoken man of the people
is known simply as The Egg Man.
By day, The Egg Man works
in the hen houses of Forsyth County in the ever-popular poultry
industry. By night, he sleeps. Then the rooster crows and he's
back in the hen house again.
The statue shows him carrying
a basket of eggs in one hand, a chicken in the other. A little
girl is seen running beside him, obviously singing his praises
and thanking him for making breakfast and dinner possible for
all of us. God bless you, Egg Man, and God bless America!
In Gainesville, Georgia,
a majestic obelisk rises above the land. Topping this marble shaft
is a magnificent sculpture honoring, you guessed it, the chicken.
This pulchritudinous piece
of poultry perfection poses above Poultry Park.
Gainesville is proclaimed
as the Poultry Capital of the World. What better way to honor
its biggest industry than with this grand display.
1967, the first Chick Fil A restaurant opened. Since then, it has
become a huge success nationwide. As more and more beef loving newcomers
moved to Georgia, local cows began vandalizing billboards reminding
people to "Eat Mor Chikin." Inspired by the success of
their Georgia cousins, other bovine have been leaving their pro-chicken
graffiti across America.
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