Funny Chicken


I was in Jinnah the other evening and there was this man going around with a board in his hand and – did my eyes decieve me – a little yellow chick hopping on it like mad. Quite a head-turner, the sight. Upon my second glance, I realized that it was actually a toy chick. (It took a second glance for me to realize this, yes – such is the wishful thinking of a child with an overactive imagination stuck in a 22-year-old’s body.)

Now, this was something I just had to have, obviously. So I stopped the man and asked him how much the chick was for. A hundred rupees, he said. A part of my brain balked and told me to yell at this chick-wielding highway robber, but a larger part of my brain said: Take it, take it! You know you want it! IT HOPS!

And so I came home that night with a gleeful smile on my face and a little yellow (toy) chick that hopped like mad if you wound it up. The man had very considerately put it in its box before giving it to me. And I think I would probably have paid a hundred rupees just for that box alone, really. It had a picture of the chick on it and proclaimed:

Made in China

Now, I thought Funny Chicken would make a fun toy for my cat, because she likes to stalk things. So the first thing I did upon getting home was wind it up and place it on the marble floor in front of her. She looked mildly interested while I was winding it up, so I really wanted to see how she would react to the little yellow bird hopping right within her reach. However, my cat – who is a lot smarter than I am – took one sniff and knew that Funny Chicken was not in fact an overexcited chick, but a rather cheap little toy. She then gave me a withering look and slinked away.

This morning, I couldn’t find Funny Chicken anywhere. And mark my words, my cat has something to do with its disappearance.

I should have paid thirty rupees.

5 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on December 8th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    Haha at “IT HOPS!”

  2. Go Figure (unregistered) on December 8th, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

    Even though it might seem strangeto some, its a fact that humans are always attracted to anything which is mechanical. No matter how simple it is, we want it. Thats human nature…

  3. Faraz Khalid (unregistered) on December 8th, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    nice post…:)
    Question: now that the funny chicken is ‘gone’, has your cat started to act ‘a little funny’?

  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 9th, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    Awww … what a cute chick, with all the naiveness intended =)

    Glad you took a pic of this not-so-cheap-bundle-of-cuteness !!!

    Any pics of catty befores and afters???

  5. Syra (unregistered) on December 9th, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    I want it toooo :)

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