Roast Ghost

	Kay Martin, a secretary to a New Zealand MP, got the fright of her 
	life a few weeks ago. According to the Auckland Sunday Star, she 
	and a friend were chatting over a drink when they heard a chicken 
	squawking.  The bird sounded in some distress, so they went outside 
	to investigate, thinking perhaps that it had escaped from one of the 
	neighbors. But there were no chickens anywhere.

	Then Martin realized with horror that the sound was coming from her 
	own kitchen -- coming, in fact, from the oven, where she had put a 
	chicken in to roast half an hour earlier. "It was as if it was shrieking 
	at me from its grave," she says. "It was so bizarre I just froze."

	As they approached the oven, the squawking reached a crescendo. They 
	took the tray out, and as the chicken began to cool, the squawking 
	died away.  Martin chopped the neck off and threw it in the sink. She 
	noticed that the vocal chords were intact. "Steam was coming up the 
	neck from the stuffing," says Martin, and this had caused the dead bird 
	to squawk. 

	She has not cooked chicken since.

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