"Why did the chicken or in today's case the rooster cross the road?" is a common riddle joke with the answer being, "To get to the other side."
It is commonly seen as an example of anti-humor, in that the curious setup of the joke leads the listener to expect a traditional punchline, but they are instead given a simple statement of fact.
The earliest known version of the joke can be traced back to a collection of jokes and riddles published in 1847, which includes the question "Why did the fowl cross the road?"
Puns owe their groans to this theory of anti-humor.
The old riddle offers a chance for all of us to create some homemade comedy.
Does that remind us of a near and sometimes dear relative?
Has there ever been found a good alternative to "To get to the other side?" Nothing good comes to mind. In fact, most wannabe chicken crossing-the-road jokes are embarrassingly bad.
Perhaps, we should all just appreciate the original in its purity as simply poultry in motion.