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11 Facts About Eggs That Will Make You Say, "Woah, I Didn't Know That!"

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1. You can often determine what color an egg will be just by looking at the color of the chicken's earlobe.

*Cue wheels turning when you realize that chickens do have earlobes* Though this isn't a hard and fast rule most of the time, if a chicken has white earlobes, they'll lay white eggs, and if they have brown or red earlobes, they'll lay brown eggs.

2. The likelihood of getting twin eggs depends on the age of the hen.

Younger and older hens have the best chances of producing a twin egg, though it still isn't all that common. In younger hens, it takes a while for the egg production cycle to synchronize, resulting in the occasional double. On the other hand, the older a hen gets, the larger her eggs become, sometimes resulting in doubles.

3. If you drop an egg on the floor, putting salt on it will help you sweep it right up!

See it in action, here!

4. You know that gross, white stringy stuff? Yeah, that's the sign the egg is fresh!

That part of the egg you always avoid, also known as chalazae, keeps the yolk centered.


5. Healthy eggs sink, but rotten ones float.

Most eggs can last up to one month if properly refrigerated. But, if you're not sure and want to know if it's still edible, pop it into a glass of water. Eggs are porous, so the older an egg gets, the more air can seep into it. If it sinks to the bottom, you're good to go! But, if it floats, you should toss it.

6. Many supermarkets outside America don't refrigerate their eggs.

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In America, the USDA requires that eggs sold in grocery stores — often Grade AA — are washed and chemically sanitized before they hit the shelves to avoid bacteria, such as salmonella. But, in many other countries, cleaning the eggs is thought to increase the risk of bacteria penetrating the shell and infecting the egg.

7. People used to dye eggs red for Easter to represent the blood of Christ.

In Orthodox tradition, the eggshell is said to represent the tomb of Christ, and cracking the eggs represents how the tomb cracked after Christ rose from the dead. People still paint their eggs red, to this day!

8. A 19th century witch once used eggs to con people into thinking the apocalypse was coming.

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In 1806, Mary Bateman, also known as the Yorkshire Witch, pulled off a scam known as The Prophet of Leeds. Once her hen laid eggs, she would inscribe "Christ is Coming" on them and insert them back into the hen to trick people into thinking that they were predicting the coming of Christ.


9. The oldest globe depicting the New World is actually an engraving on two joined halves of an ostrich egg.

It dates all the way back to 1504 and contains the inscription “Hic Sunt Dracones," above Southeast Asia, which translates to "Here be dragons."

10. Though you can't make green eggs and ham without some green dye, some chickens do lay green eggs!

Hens that produce colored eggs, such as brown and red, are crossbred with chickens that produce blue-colored eggs. These chickens, commonly known as Easter Eggers and Olive Eggers, produce eggs with a green hue. But, the yolk is still yellow!

11. It takes a hen 24-26 hours to produce a single egg.

One hen usually produces 300-325 eggs in one year. It takes a lot of work, so appreciate it!