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Can A Chicken Really Live Without A Head?

Sometimes we use the phrase “running around like a chicken with its head cut off.” Can some animals live without their heads?

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The chicken that lived for 18 months without a head

“Seventy years ago, a farmer beheaded a chicken in Colorado, and it refused to die. Mike, as the bird became known, survived for 18 months and became famous. But how did he live without a head for so long, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.”

Can A Severed Head Live On?

“Centuries-old tales have described severed heads that seemed to live on for a few seconds – blinking, changing expressions, even attempting to speak. During the French Revolution, an executioner reportedly held the severed head of Charlotte Corday (who assassinated politician Jean-Paul Marat) aloft and smacked its cheek.”

Fact or Fiction?: A Cockroach Can Live Without Its Head

“Cockroaches are infamous for their tenacity, and are often cited as the most likely survivors of a nuclear war. Some even claim that they can live without their heads. It turns out that these armchair exterminators (and their professional brethren) are right. Headless roaches are capable of living for weeks.”

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