Mike the Headless Chicken Sculpture: Fruita, Colorado
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The Mike the Headless Chicken sculpture tells the tale of Lloyd Olsen and his chicken -- it survived 18 months without a head.

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In 1945, Lloyd Olsen chopped a chicken's head off but missed its brain stem. Rather than getting fried, the bird, dubbed "Mike the Headless Chicken," lived for another 18 months, with Olsen feeding it with an eyedropper.

In 2000, sculptor Lyle Nichols paid tribute to Mike's fortitude with this 300-pound interpretation, and the city of Fruita, Colorado, plays host to an annual festival that invites visitors to "party their heads off."

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