Mon Jun 07, 2004
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Hi, Iím Bryan Yeaton for The Weather Notebook. Last month, we asked a Brainstorm
about what happened to Edwin Robinson as he went outside to look for a pet chicken.
The answers we got were quite diverse:
VS: My name is Vivian Shoemarker. He had chopped off the chickenís head earlier and
the stupid chicken was still running around and it was alive. It stayed alive for quite a
while, I think, if I recall the story, and I think he even took the chick around to different
shows and charged people money to see it.
BY: That was Mike the Headless Chicken (no kidding), but not Edwin Robinson.
MW: Hello, Bryan. This is Michael Walsh and I would like to give an answer to your
brainstorm. Ah, If he got hit by lightningÖ Did he get hit by lightning?
BY: He did get struck by lightning. But thatís not the whole story.
MB: Hi, this is Mike Beauman from Payson, Ill. The answer to the question for today
about Edwin Robinson is that he was blind and deaf for years and when he went out
into his backyard to find his pet chicken during a storm, lightning ricocheted off a tree
and hit him. When he came to he realized that the bolt had restored his vision and his
BY: And thatís not all, as Dwayne Hale from Bartlett, Tenn. tells us...
DH: Although heíd been bald, hair began to sprout out of his head, which is very
interesting for a lightning phenomena.
BY: So, as Tanya Watson saysÖ
TW: Thatís what happened to Edwin in 1980 when he was trying to catch a
BY: Indeed. Thanks to everyone who sent in great answers. Get ready for Lightning
Safety Week later this month. Our show is funded by Subaru and the National Science
Mike the Headless Chicken: