Smart birds have been employed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to solve mathematical quandaries that have stumped major minds for more than a generation. Yet and still, they remain humble barnyard birds and refuse to accept any form of compensation for their contributions to mathematics. Chickens have been found to possess remarkable faculties once allowed to cross the road to get to the nation’s top educational institutions. For years, these spectacular brainy bird have been dumbed down by all of the ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’ jokes. It turns out that they only wanted to cross the road to let the world know that they are capable of much more than just being next Sunday’s chicken-with-dumplings dinner.