I was chatting with my mom and remembered something weird/funny about Opryland and perhaps Six Flags St. Louis (over MId America) as well. In the early to mid 80s there were these funny vending machine looking things and inside would be an animal...one had a chicken for sure, and we think one might have had a rabbit. You would put a quarter in and feed would be released that would cause the animal to do a "trick"
We vividly remember one would drop pieces of feed onto a toy piano. As the chicken pecked to eat the food it would "play" the piano as a result. It was pretty funny as we recall. My dad remembers one chicken somehow playing tic-tac-toe as well.
Does anyone else remember these crazy things? They would totally be considered abuse and shut down by ASPCA or PETA today, probably. Did they exist in other parks? Anyone actually have a picture of one? THe last one I think I saw was around '86 in Opryland.
Please tell me I'm not the only one to have seen these.... :) *** Edited 10/11/2006 10:35:48 PM UTC by Peabody***
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Edited for spelling. *** Edited 10/12/2006 12:35:03 AM UTC by Brother Dave***
My personal fave was the duck that played tic-tac-toe against the player.
Piano playing chicken
basketball playing duck
the Tic-Tac-Toe one - the animal went first so you could never win.
I was one of the ones who saw those and eagerly rounded up a roll of quarters.
last time I saw the things they were up to 50 cents a play.
"Educated Animals" or something like that was the name of the attraction
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After seeing the duck it totally brings back a memory.....and seems really cruel!
I read in a description thatthe chicken danced because a minor electric shock was delivered to the floor! THe also mentional a fire-fighting rabbit.
Man wasthatstuff weird.
*** Edited 10/12/2006 1:16:06 PM UTC by Frantic Ferret***
I was 5th grade early 70s with my folks traveling to what I think was Florida f rye on Ohio pulling a camper. We stopped at what I think was supposedly largest campgrounds then, maybe in Goergia. Had amusement park n in it was like you mentioned about chickens. You paid some change n these animals did amazing things!
Memory lying in bed wondering about n thought I do a Google search n found this thread! Pretty cool. Thanks. Nice to know you shared a memory as crazy as this one...lol
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