Chicken joke: Thales of Miletus

thalesofToday’s chicken joke makes idle fun of the earliest of the Seven Sages of Greece, Thales of Miletus (ca. -624 to ca. -546).

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Thales: Probably to advise another chicken.

The answer to the riddle is based on Diogenes Laërtius’ account of Thales’ answers to two questions:

When Thales was asked what was difficult, he said, “To know one’s self.” And what was easy, “To advise another.”

The anachronistic picture of Thales is from the Nuremberg Chronicle, a history of the world published in 1493 under the title Liber Chronicarum. I guess any other image, no matter how authentic it might appear to us, would be almost as anachronistic.

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