The Exploding Chicken meme is apparently richer and depth than first imagined. This is from a past entry on the bbc's website:
I don't remember seeing either the movie or the exploding fowl.'Exploding chicken' film passed uncutActor John Malkovich's directorial debut has finally been passed uncut in the UK following a row over the treatment of a chicken which was seen exploding.
Next month's UK release of The Dancer Upstairs was threatened after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) wanted to remove a scene where a chicken is seen with dynamite strapped to its leg.
The BBFC decided to pass the movie with a 15 certificate only after receiving assurances from the company that the chicken was a pet and had been returned happy and safe to its owner.A BBFC spokeswoman told BBC News Online: "You can't train a chicken to act but it is possible, though illegal, to terrorise them for the sake of the film. If it had been any other animal other than a chicken, no one would have got exercised about it.
"It's just because people don't think chicken warrant protection. Sadly for them, the 1937 (animal protection) act does include chickens."