puzzle 58: "Ain't Hurtin' Nobody", Rooster, Susan Winget

piece count: 138

measured size: 6 1/4” x 6 1/4”

date cut: 20 April 10

notables: signature piece

disposition: gift to Dan

There isn’t anything really unusual about this puzzle except the high number of pieces per square inch (about 3.5).  I wasn’t happy with the paper from this calendar; the paper layers separated very easily, requiring some additional gluing and rework.

I’m giving this to Dan because he recently started selling eggs from his chickens.  He needed to educate me on the finer points of egg farming, because I had no idea how it worked (I’m a big city boy).  For example, I always knew the eggs we eat are unfertilized - but I never quite understood it.  I felt a little like Frank Costanza from Seinfeld:

Frank Costanza: Let me understand, you got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who's having sex with the hen?

George Costanza: Why don't we talk about it another time.

Frank Costanza: But you see my point here? You only hear of a hen, a rooster and a chicken. Something's missing!

Mrs. Ross: Something's missing all right.

Mr. Ross: They're all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.

Frank Costanza: That's perverse.

I was inspired by John Prine for the puzzle title (“Ain’t Hurtin’ Nobody”).  The song includes the great line:

There's roosters laying chickens and chickens layin' eggs

Farm machinery eating people's arms and legs