It's no surprise that birds can tweet, but can they make sense on Twitter? An Australian fast-food chain called Chicken Treat is attempting to find out. It's put a chicken named Betty in a room with a computer and keyboard and is letting her peck away in the hope that she'll eventually form a five-letter word in English.
Of course, the experiment is just an advertising stunt for the chain, but it's a fun one nonetheless. It definitely reminds you of the Infinite Monkey Theorem about how a monkey sitting at a typewriter for an infinite period of time could eventually type out the complete works of Shakespeare by simple happenstance.
So far, Betty hasn't proven to be anywhere near The Bard, as these examples of a few of her tweets show.
huyse p FF Q #chickentweet— Chicken Treat (@ChickenTreat) October 14, 2015
AZAVZUYTZZIIZA #chickentweet— Chicken Treat (@ChickenTreat) October 14, 2015
UMN Y0Y,YKI BGV6JJ2 #chickentweet— Chicken Treat (@ChickenTreat) October 14, 2015
But if Betty does happen to hit five keys in a row that form a word, she'll apparently get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first chicken to tweet in English.
I wonder what she'll say. I'm sure there are a lot of vegetarians out there hoping Betty types up a manifesto on why factory farming isn't the nicest way to treat her kin. Or maybe she'll finally give us the answer to that age-old question, which came first, the chicken or the egg.
This isn't the first time animals have sent out incoherent social-media messages. Several years ago artist David Bowen created Bill Oddie felt it was his duty to give a Twitter voice to the birds in his region by ., a device that sent out tweets based on the movements of houseflies (those tweets weren't any more intelligible than Betty's, by the way). And while not quite the same, British birdwatcher
If you want to follow Betty's efforts, they're being tracked on Twitter under with the hashtag #chickentweet