...To get to the other side. What did you expect?
Oh come on! Publishing a joke that even my grandchidren think is as old as the hills with a clickbait tempter making us think we are going to get something original is truly pathetic. You could have had "because they think all those people are going to feed them" or "they're not crossing the road, they are standing in the middle waiting to get run over." Or you could have had a truly funny, but still old, joke like "why did the pervert cross the road?" The punchline to which I am not going to write here - look it up if you want to know SpinningSpark 15:50, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
True story: one summer, I was leaving camp for an hour in town and I saw two chickens on either side of the road outside of camp. One crossed the road right in front of me. I think the punchline in why that particular chicken crossed the road was "to get to the other chicken." My life was transformed at that moment. Valley2city‽ 19:15, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thinking that we need an article about this, I find that we've had one since 2003: Why did the chicken cross the road? That's rather weak but I find that the real meat is on its talk page where it is suggested that there's more to the joke than first appears. That's because "the other side" has a double-meaning: either the other side of the road or the other side of existence – the afterlife. The implication is that by crossing the road, the chicken is likely to be killed by traffic and so cross-over to chicken heaven.
That's an interesting and plausible aspect which is new to me but the talk page indicates that it is not accepted. We should get to the bottom of this. See also chicken or the egg...
Andrew🐉(talk) 08:45, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Should we use GPT-3 for the Humour part of the Signpost next time like we did for the Deletion and Arbitration reports this time? 2601:647:5800:1A1F:81D5:6D64:11E:646B (talk) 18:26, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Because it wanted to. -- L10nM4st3r (talk) 06:45, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I did four articles for this issue: Featured content, Essay, Gallery and this. The other three were high effort articles.
This little antijoke has the most views. Adam Cuerden (talk)Has about 8% of all FPs 00:12, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
To swallow the dog
The dog crossed the road to swallow the cat
The cat crossed the road to swallow the mouse
The mouse crossed the road to swallow the spider
The spider wiggled and tiggled across the road to swallow the fly
The fly don't know why it crossed the road – it has less brain than the chicken. SpinningSpark 10:55, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Because one of those newspaper box thingies with The Signpost was on the other side. Duh. CLYDEFRANKLIN 03:24, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]