On chickens and turtles

Most of my recent posts have had a political focus so I decided it was about time to take on a topic of greater and deeper importance.

I have been told that great advances occur not so much from answering difficult questions, but from discovering difficult questions that need to be answered. For example, many folks have concentrated on the question of why the chicken crossed the road. I was driving through the woods of Wisconsin and it occurred to me that this was not a particularly novel or important question. I try to be open to insights from my surroundings and soon my surroundings suggested a much more novel question.

Why do turtles cross the road? I mean turtles are far slower than chickens and even the most jaded driver must notice far more smashed turtles than smashed chickens. Who really cares about why chickens cross the road? Most of them make it.

So having established a more pressing question through sheer creativity, I turned to Google in search of answers. It turns out that while few seem to ask this question, Google can provide the answer.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, turtles cross the road looking for sex. I should have known. Male turtles continually search for willing partners and some may be in the pond on the other side of the road.

There you have it. A question more important than the one about the chicken and even an answer.

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