Tuesday reads: The history of the noble chicken

Parenting model. Religious symbol. Inspiration for battle. …Culinary delight?

Yes, we’re talking about chicken.

So is Smithsonian Magazine in its food issue, which featured chicken as its cover story, specifically the history and significance of the feathery fowl.

Some interesting facts from the article:

  • The Greek army lead by Themistocles reportedly was inspired to victory over the Persians in the fifth century B.C. after witnessing two roosters fighting on the side of the road.
  • Researchers mapped the chicken genome in 2004. It was the first domesticated animal and the first bird to have its genome deciphered.
  • Ancient Egyptians constructed complex structures to incubate eggs at the perfect temperature.

Read the full article here.

Need a smile this afternoon? Check out the magazine’s photo spread here.

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