What came first? The chicken or the egg? Or the chicken egg inside the chicken’s egg?
A YouTube video that was posted last September, which is making the rounds again on the internet, shows a man cracking open an extremely large chicken egg, only to find another extremely large chicken egg inside of it.
Now, the website IFL Science has taken a look at the highly dubious chicken egg video and says that there’s actually scientific data to back up the chicken egg inside a chicken egg phenomena.
First of all, take a look at the Big Chicken Egg video and see if you buy it.
It seems incredible that someone would crack open a chicken egg only to find another egg. But, apparently, there’s quite a bit of science to back it up.
The long and short of it is a process called counter-peristalsis contraction. What that means is that when the hen is forming an egg in her oviduct, the egg basically is sucked backwards after starting to form, and another egg forms around it. Backyard Poultry gives the super-scientific info here if you’re interested.
That being said, what do you think about the Youtube video in question? Would it be possible to somehow hoax the chicken egg inside a large chicken egg? Somehow, a large fake egg would have to be produced, something that would “crack” when tapped on the edge of the bowl. Or, perhaps a real egg is used. Perhaps it’s blown out from the inside, making it empty, then carefully cut open, a yolk and another, smaller chicken egg is deposited inside, and then somehow the larger, blown out egg is glued back together?
Some chicken owners have reported finding everything from insects to tiny worms to strange, “meaty” bean-size congealed thingies in their eggs.
“I know it happens but it always grosses me out when i find the meat spots…I try to pick it out or it goes to the kids or hubby…what they don’t know won’t hurt them haha! I just hope that when I give eggs away none of those eggs have anything gross.”
Man cracks open a giant egg only to find ANOTHER INSIDE http://t.co/uhVyw48Ahs
— bill metz1950 (@billmetz1950) April 13, 2015
what happens if an egg cracks inside a chicken?
— H B (@Harley_Burks) April 11, 2015
And egg inside of a chicken, inside of an egg, inside of a chicken, inside of an egg… The universe. Do you get it now?
— Michael McBride (@mrm238) April 3, 2015
Perhaps the primary question when it comes to the egg inside an egg video is why were they filming it? If you came across an exceptionally large egg in your fridge or on your farm, would you start taking video as you were opening it? That part seems a bit suspicious to me.
What do you think?
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