A reader wrote me today to ask that I correct a joke submitted by a kid. While I can appreciate his sentiment, I think I will let the joke stand as submitted. After all, not all kids’ jokes are scientifically correct, nor do they have to be. What do you think?
Here is his email:
Please correct the joke that reads: “Why didn’t the rooster cross the road? Because he wasn’t a chicken!” YES HE WAS! What do you call a male chicken? The kid who submitted this joke must be a city kid. I’m sure you don’t want your readers to learn this erroneous view of chickenhood.
You could modify the answer to read: Because he was chicken! (I suspect this may well have been the original answer when this joke first started circulating.)