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New way to play 'chicken'

Folks in Johannesburg, Calif., were in a fowl mood recently after a chicken crossed the road. At first, it appeared that Linc and Helena Moore, who own the chicken, were going to have to pay $54 for letting it wander onto the highway - a violation of a state law that bars livestock from public thoroughfares. The Moores didn't take kindly to the citation and claimed that it was a way of getting back at them for complaining that police hadn't done enough to curb noisy off-road vehicles . The sheriff's department denied that was the case. Nevertheless, the Moores wriggled out of the fine by claiming the chicken is domesticated and not, therefore, restricted by livestock laws. The moral of the story? Don't let your chickens out of the barnyard, but in case they get loose, train them to find a crosswalk.

Before Disney's "'Land," there were unforgettable characters

While this year marks the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, the Disney legacy far predates the creation of the Anaheim, Calif., theme park. Walt Disney's artistic genius first emerged in the creation of a host of animated cartoon characters. Those that were introduced before Disneyland opened, the year of their debut, and the movies or features that launched their fame:

Mickey Mouse, "Steamboat Willie"

Pluto, "The Chain Gang" 1930
Goofy , "Mickey's Revue" 1932
Donald Duck, "The Wise Little Hen" 193 4
Snow White, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"1937
Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket, "Pinnochio" 1940
Dumbo, "Dumbo" 1941
Bambi, "Bambi" 1942
Chip 'n Dale, "Private Pluto" 1943
Cinderella, "Cinderella" 1950
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, "Peter Pan" 1953

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