Oh so THAT'S why it's called head cheese! I always wondered.
I was actually going to ask that question in the "Stupid Question" thread, but thought it was too stupid .
You don't want to know how long I thought buffalo wings came from a buffalo (I thought it was a weird bone found only in buffaloes). I'm going to assume they're from Buffalo, NY?
well, they *originally* came from buffalo--there are vestigial wings in the hump, and the brave with the most kills or the bravest feat during the buffalo hunt was awarded them. But during the World's Fair in (oddly enough) Buffalo, NY, the buffalo had faded so much in population that it wasn't possible to get the wings anymore. So they substituted chicken, and added a lot of extra spice so people wouldn't notice that the "buffalo" wings tasted like, well, chicken.
At least, that's what my husband says. He works Teddy Roosevelt in there somewhere, too--I think "he brought them back to NYState after his trip out west following the death of his first wife" or something, according to my husband's hoax.
EDITED TO ADD "my husband's hoax."