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(Part One is Here)

As every year winter has come... and as every year the hunt for hats and secret has started. So, following the recent events in the Tavern I was following the Chicken tracks back to the Winter Bash site.

Sadly with all the snow, following our little feathered fellow tracks was harder than expected, so I was just snooping around, looking for (chicken) Easter Eggs, and as every year the common test check-list that purple one provided was yielding nothing noteworthy (5 years later, still no dancing cats / bjb animation fro inputting the Konami code on the bash site...).

Then, I remembered sometime ago someone implied something about a Turkey hat possibly be considered as a secret hat for this year. And since secret hats have been historically know to have an url like

https://winterbash2017.stackexchange.com/(hat_name_here)

I tried with

https://winterbash2017.stackexchange.com/turkey

Nothing, page not found.

Then, it came to me. What about trying with.... The Chicken?

https://winterbash2017.stackexchange.com/chicken

This time the results were different. I got this. enter image description here

An access denied sign and a chicken? That's.. weird.

So, my pony human friend, I am left wondering. Is that just a minor taunt balpha left there knowing some Derpy user would probably try what I tried or is that a clue to uncover the greater secret of the Winter Chicken of the Bash?


So, as Shadow pointed out in his reply, the response code seems to follow the joke (497 Not a Chicken). Currently no other clue was discovered.

To increase visibility, I will add here what other users already tried to do to see if anything triggers a different result:

  • change your username to Chicken and access the link
  • try with the somehow related "https://winterbash2017.stackexchange.com/teapot" version (the old Not-a-teapot html error code joke)
  • append parameters like "?Chicken=1" to the query string
  • change the user agent string to "Chicken"
  • added "Chicken" to the request headers
  • Related: winterbash2017.stackexchange.com/hat gives 404 as text, not the custom page. This was the case all the years though, nothing new. – Shadow Wizard Dec 13 '17 at 13:30
  • @ShadowWizard I know, that is one of the reasons I was surprised when the chicken returned a custom reply too. – SPArchaeologist Dec 13 '17 at 13:42
  • Another interesting tidbit i noticed about the cikcen is, it has a negative user ID, it's -197. https://chat.meta.stackexchange.com/users/-197/chicken – zack6849 Dec 13 '17 at 13:43
  • @zack6849 that just means it's a system user, same as Feeds. Any moderator can create those, give them name and avatar, etc. If this was ordinary user it wouldn't cause so much fuss. – Shadow Wizard Dec 13 '17 at 13:44
  • Ah, didn't know that was common for system users, -- disregard then :) – zack6849 Dec 13 '17 at 13:45
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the question is now obsolete but should be preserved for historical reasons – SPArchaeologist Jan 8 '18 at 14:34
  • Appending "?Chicken=1" doesn't work.. It will redirect you to winterbash2017.stackexchange.com. – user298438 Jun 18 '18 at 18:26
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You missed this:

status code screenshot

Which means the page returns error code:

497 Not a Chicken

So I'm afraid this means... this is not a Chicken.

  • Changing your username doesn't do anything, nor does User-Agent: Chicken. – Stijn Dec 13 '17 at 11:56
  • Adding a cookie Chicken with value 1 or true doesn't do anything, nor adding ?Chicken=1 as URL parameter. – No Distraction Wizard Dec 13 '17 at 12:00
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    "Not a Chicken". That sounds suspiciously like "Not a Robot". And since a robot has been known to get that badge... should we send a chicken to the next Stack Overflow event? – S.L. Barth Dec 13 '17 at 12:54
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    UserAgent: Rooster? – Josh Caswell Dec 13 '17 at 13:24
  • Interestingly, the official spec for HTTP 497 is HTTP request to an HTTPS endpoint, unfortunately the protocol is already HTTPS, I tried removing Upgrade-Insecure-Requests: 1 and switching the protocol to HTTP, but there's no response :( – zack6849 Dec 13 '17 at 13:30
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    I am pretty sure you're wasting your time... don't think this page can give anything, it's just a sign we're in the wrong direction to the secret hat. – Shadow Wizard Dec 13 '17 at 13:35
  • @zack yeah, noticed that too, but I think the dev (balpha) just used some random uncommon code, not related to the official spec of it. – Shadow Wizard Dec 13 '17 at 13:36
  • Any recent movies with chickens? – Patrick Hofman Dec 13 '17 at 13:36
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    I somewhat thought "Not a Chicken" is a parody of "I'm a teapot" – No Distraction Wizard Dec 13 '17 at 14:09
  • Chicken run comes to mind, but it's not recent – John Dvorak Dec 13 '17 at 14:13
  • @PatrickHofman There are 40+ movies with chicken in the title – DavidPostill Dec 13 '17 at 16:17
  • Posting user-id as -197 doesn't work. Neither does passing -197 as a GET argument or a POST argument with the same name. – Olivia Dec 16 '17 at 10:23
  • I love that it returns the unicode 🚫🐔 – PearsonArtPhoto Dec 19 '17 at 14:36
  • FYI, winterbash2017.stackexchange.com/%F0%9F%90%94 doesn't work either. – PearsonArtPhoto Dec 19 '17 at 14:49
  • With the chicken icon being fascinated for me, I think "Not a Chicken" just means "Not a Light Rail". – user298438 Jun 18 '18 at 2:19
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+500

And here it is, in all its glory.

enter image description here

finally, years after my original request the Konami code works.

But since I try every year... They had to mix it a little.

The code is

up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B

notice the reversed B and A button. Probably a reference to an old TMNT game that altered the original code.

Anyway here is the Chicken. And who knows, maybe there is more to the story.

And in GIF:

chicken animation

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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES) – Entering the code at the turtle-select screen with the A and B buttons reversed gives access to a stage select/option mode and is the only way to change the options in the game; otherwise, the player will start on normal difficulty with three spare lives. [...]" – Stijn Dec 19 '17 at 14:05
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    Checking the Chrome's Developer Console, sometimes it returns youtube.com/watch?v=msSc7Mv0QHY instead of the shadow chicken. Also, no need for "Enter/Return" key, the script was triggered after pressing "B". – No Distraction Wizard Dec 19 '17 at 14:09
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    I can confirm the chicken.... – Journeyman Geek Dec 19 '17 at 14:11
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    This. Is. Amazing. – Shadow Wizard Dec 19 '17 at 14:11
  • Oh, no! My worries of the Chicken in the snow are confirmed! Somebody rescue it before it's too late! – hat Dec 19 '17 at 14:18
  • CHICKEN! CHICKEN CHICKEN CHICCCKEEENNN! Turtle? CHICKEN! – Journeyman Geek Dec 19 '17 at 14:29
  • No need for Return after the sequence. – Meta Bug Wizard Dec 19 '17 at 15:11
  • that is... weird? David claimed he already tried that without the return key and got nothing. But now it indeed works. Maybe balpha? – SPArchaeologist Dec 19 '17 at 15:26
  • @SPArchaeologist when you got nothing, you actually got a link to the YouTube video I mentioned in my previous comment on the browser's console. – No Distraction Wizard Dec 19 '17 at 15:28
  • It is falling asleep? – EMBarbosa Dec 19 '17 at 16:37
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    Now that I think about it..... this doesn't answer the question about the suspicious link and "Not a Chicken" :p – No Distraction Wizard Dec 20 '17 at 7:07
  • Just in case anyone else is thinking this couldn't be the end of the treasure hunt: I decoded the two SVG data URIs that make up the pecking chicken animation on the page, and opened the results in Inkscape to check them for mischief. They're boringly normal. No secret object IDs, occluded path elements, or anything. Just a chicken body, and a chicken head. – Anko Dec 27 '17 at 23:15

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