In Portugal, in the 15th century, a man was sentenced to hang despite his protests of innocence. In a last-minute appeal to the Judge, who was having dinner at the time, the man made a bold statement. If his claim of innocence was true, the roasted rooster, or in Portuguese the Galo, resting on the Judge’s plate, would get up and crow. Suddenly, a glorious scarlet-plumed cockerel rose from the plate, crowing loud and long. The man was acquitted, of course!