Ernie Arnastos, who works for Fox 5 WNYW in New York, told the station’s weatherman to “keep f***ing that chicken”.
In a scene reminiscent of the 2004 film Anchorman, Anastos appeared oblivious to the slip, while co-presenter Dari Alexander’s eyes bulged with shock.
It is believed that Anastos meant to say “keep plucking that chicken”, possibly meaning “persevere” or “don’t give up.”
However, the obscene version has taken on a life of its own. It is a regularly searched term on Twitter and Google, while T-shirts are available with the catchphrase across the chest.
The phrase has even made it into slang bible urbandictionary.com, with the definition “keep up the good work”.
Reverend Al Sharpton has speculated on the meaning of the slogan.
He told the New York Times: “It could be a kind of phrase: ‘Well, keep doing what you are doing. Keep going after it’. Even if you are tired or distracted, keep on doing that chicken, that kind of thing.”
Arnastos has since apologised for the slip while Fox 5 WNYW vice president Lew Leone said the company was “disappointed with Ernie’s comment”. –– Ananova.
SAVED BY THE VEIN: US executioners couldn’t find a suitable vein in which to inject drugs to kill a 53-year-old murderer, who then got a one-week reprieve from the governor so Ohio prison officials can figure out what to do.
“This is unchartered territory for us,” prison spokeswoman Julie Walburn said of the difficulty in killing convicted rapist and murderer Romell Broom.
Democratic Governor Ted Strickland issued the reprieve at the request of the prison warden overseeing the state’s execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
Walburn said prison officials would consult “several people” about how to perform Broom’s execution, which by state law must be done by lethal injection.
Broom is to be executed for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in 1984.
It was not the first time Ohio has had difficulty executing a condemned man.
In May 2006, Joseph Clark sat up to tell his executioners the drugs intended to render him unconscious were not working.
The state subsequently added a step to its execution protocol where the warden tries to rouse the condemned prisoner after an initial dose of sedatives is administered before the injection of lethal drugs.
Broom’s execution did not get that far.
“Our team attempted several times to obtain an access point, however those access points were not usable,” Walburn said.
She said Broom’s veins had appeared to be accessible in a medical evaluation.
Some of Middleton’s family members present to witness the execution were emotional afterward, Walburn said. –– Reuters.
CAUGHT: A cheating husband was caught out –– when his wife arranged a live call from his favourite radio programme as a birthday treat.
Davor Ivanovic was supposed to be alone on a business trip to Zagreb, Croatia.
But when DJ Barbara Kolar called his room a woman answered and said he was taking a shower.
When he came to the phone he claimed the woman had been his wife –– while his furious real-life wife Jasna was listening in on another line.
Ignoring pleas from radio staff to keep quiet she screamed at her hapless husband: “Who are you with?”
And stunned Davor shouted at the show hosts before hanging up: “Why have you done this to me? We have kids”. –– Ananova.