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The Word Geek

I was thinking about how before computers got popular, the word geek usually meant a circus freak who bit the heads off of live chickens. My first thought on this was that maybe anytime anyone calls themselves a geek, it’d be fun to accuse them of appropriating circus sideshow culture, but I don’t know if that would actually be fun, you know?

But the other thing – how was watching a guy bite the head off a chicken actually entertaining? Obviously it’s gross, but even if you don’t find it gross, is it really going to be fun to watch? I guess there is some element of danger, like maybe the beak scrapes your mouth and it hurts? But I mean, I eat fried chicken sometimes, and it’s covered in breading, which is full of carbs, and that’s infinitely more dangerous long-term. Makes you think.

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