This was how Life magazine captioned a photo of a headless chicken called Mike in a story it ran on 22 October 1945. A farmer in Fruita, Colorado, had missed his aim when he went to chop off Mike’s head, leaving the bottom part of his brain stem and now open oesophagus intact.
When the headless Mike didn’t die, the farmer spotted an opportunity to make more money out of him than he’d ever have got from selling him as meat. Feeding him with an eyedropper direct into his oesophagus, he put him on show in Salt Lake City, where he charged people 25 cents apiece to have a look.
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Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change
The question of Palestine has become a black political litmus test, argues Annie Olaloku-Teriba, defining the very nature of black identity and politics
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Following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education, argues Joe Guinan
Co-creator of the Lucas Plan, Mike showed how the immense talent of workers could be deployed for social use rather than private profit, writes Phil Asquith
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