I’ve actually been throwing this joke around with my wife for years. The “how funky is your chicken / how loose is your goose” cheer has always made my eyebrows arch. I have absolutely no idea what it could possibly mean, let alone how the comparison of seemingly-unrelated bird characteristics equates to supporting a sports team.
I did some brief research on the cheer while writing this strip, and discovered two things:
1. There was a song called “How Funky Is Your Chicken” recorded by the Jackson 5 in 1970 (on the same album as the classic “I’ll Be There,”) so this may or may not be the origin of the cheer.
2. I have a creative project that has driven me to research the phrase “how funky is your chicken.”
And yes, this really was the best cheerleader art I could find for this joke in my enormous library of royalty-free clip art.
MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP: It’s exactly what it should be, but their mouths are terrifying, and you might want to spell-check “promiscuous” (NOTE: She was right, I’d misspelled it.)