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Worth a hundred bucks of anybody’s money



You’re one of the few people who can appreciate my recent acquisition, a small statue/table/nightstand featuring a chicken. It’s carved from teak wood, and I bought it at an antique sale outside of Tokyo.

These antique dealers buy most of their stuff from local Shinto and Buddhist temples. With the small houses maintained by most Japanese (relative to Western homes), people who inherit their parents’ belongings rarely have space for all of it. So they donate it to the local temples, who sell it to generate additional income. The antique dealers snap up most of it and resell it – at a much higher prices, of course. This little item set me back 100 USD, but it was worth it. : )

I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Regards from Japan,
tinman in the comments

Majestic! Mag-nificent! I should point out, though, it’s surprisingly difficult to say the Teak Chicken of Tokyo.

Yeah, you just tried it, didn’t you?

So I finished my Chickenology course with an grade average of 92% (there’s always that one question). Learned a lot (really), enjoyed it much, got the certificate. I wonder how long I’ll have to wait before someone asks to see my credentials.

One more time, I highly recommend the site: Coursera. Their catalogue of classes is extensive, offered in association with some very good schools and, it looks to me though I haven’t done it yet, if you enroll properly you can audit courses for free.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 6, 2016, 10:01 pm

Isnt there some place in Asia where there is a YUGE temple in jungle in the shape of a chicken? I’m sure it’s been featured here.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 6, 2016, 10:54 pm

The phrase, “Atlas Clucked” comes to mind. I don’t know why.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: June 6, 2016, 11:04 pm

They’re everywhere, they’re everywhere!!…

(Whyizzit, you s’pose, I’m not terribly susprised that it appears highly-likely some nice Japanese household once played host to a small table/nightstand carved – looks like – from a chunk of solid Teak tree-trunk into the form of a rather-large chicken – nor that, given the mere opportunity to do so, a Commentor on this august blog-site was motivated to pay out $100 U.S. to acquire same?)

Meanwhile – in signal honor to Stoaty’s highly-successful completion of Chickenology, replete with Certificate, I wish to present herein a very recently-acquired source of graphic amusement: The Legend Of Thunder Cluck, Chook Of Thor!!

(Runs on Vimeo, not YouTube, but I figure most folks can handle that, yes?)

‘Zat cool beans, or what?…

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 6, 2016, 11:24 pm

It’s the Maltese Chikken!…the stuff dreams are made of :+)

Comment from JC
Time: June 7, 2016, 1:51 am

Old girlfriend of fond memory gave me a very nice kittycat statue. So I’d have some pussy around my place when she was away. She would have appreciated the teak-hard cock, to remind her of me. Too late, alas. She sings with the angels now. Do they get intertubenetwebs?

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: June 7, 2016, 10:47 am

Yes it is hard to say “Teak Chicken of Tokyo” but I find it is easier if you sing it along to a Deep Purple song.

Comment from tinman
Time: June 7, 2016, 12:23 pm


The wife likes the Teak Chicken of Tokyo, but she’s not terribly attached to it. She said I could leave it to you in my will.

Please don’t put a hit out on me. I don’t want to be somebody’s pick in the Dead Pool this week.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: June 7, 2016, 1:20 pm

Why is the name “Teak Chicken of Tokyo” hard to say? It’s not like “rubber baby buggy bumpers” or “She sells sea shells down by the sea shore,” is it?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 7, 2016, 1:28 pm

“Teak Chicken of Tokyo” is easy-peasy. Tougher is
“She sells sea shells down by the sea shore”

But give this one a try (have a tissue handy!):
The Sixth Sikh Sheik’s Sixth Sheep’s Sick

(It works best if you mispronounce sheik the way most Anglophones do and say sheek instead of shake .)

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 7, 2016, 6:51 pm

Teak-wood, hand-carved chicken side table. Deep Purple. Thunder Cluck. There’s always something to amuse at The Weasel Times & Stoat Intelligencer.

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