Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NOT A Lame Excuse For A Post


I was having a discussion yesterday with some of my intellectual contemporaries about the meaning of the age old question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

It was a spirited debate which touched on the discussion of the theory of evolution, religious themes and theology, and at one point, I felt like I got to know each one of the participants in the discussion a bit better. Some of the shit people came up with was just plain funny and some quite thought provoking.

So I decided to continue on with this conundrum in this forum today. Let's see what we can learn about each other. Let's throw it up against the wall and see what sticks.

I pose the question to you bloggers, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

20 comments:

troutbirder said...

Sorry I'll get to it when I figure out what you get to when you come to the end of the universe. :)

Scope said...

The egg.

Animals have been laying eggs long before chickens evolved.

And a "proto-chicken" laid the mutant egg that would hatch into the first chicken. So the first chicken egg came first.

Unless you count the embryonic chicken in the egg, then I guess it's a tie.

Jim said...

I like thinking that the chicken came first . . . then the rooster . . . and then the egg. That way, there's intimacy and affection involved, and it's more comforting.

XO

B.E. Earl said...

Certainly "an egg" came before "a chicken", but was it a chicken egg? I dunno. They both taste good so I'm happy.

The Dental Maven said...

I'll have to recuse myself. Husband is a scientist.

whatigotsofar said...

The chicken came first. Here's why. The chicken we ate for lunch laid the egg we ate for breakfast. If we ate the chicken at breakfast, there would be no egg to eat for lunch.

Same goes for milk at breakfast so that we may eat a steak at dinner.

Scott Oglesby said...

I agree with Scope, and I think it took a long, long time. The only thing I can’t fathom are the new earth creationists. How in the hell could anybody be that crazy stupid? They argue that God created a vegetarian T-Rex, and we were all friends. I’d love to find one of these people and seriously pick their ‘brain.’

madtexter said...

Of course the Egg came first. You don't see the Easter Bunny going around laying chickens, do you?

Well, do you?

Bill Stankus said...

Don't egg me on about things like ... I ain't chicken, I've done some dangerous stuff in my time.

SkylersDad said...

I like Scope's theory, eggs have been around a lot longer than the modern chicken.

Soda and Candy said...

That cartoon = genius.

Also, egg. Because dinosaurs laid them.

Soda and Candy said...

Aaaaand that'll teach me not to read the other comments first!

BeckEye said...

Unicorns.

joe said...

Okay, not to get too off-topic here, but we eat bacon and eggs, steak and eggs, ham and eggs, roast beef and eggs, spam and eggs, and sausage and eggs, but you never hear about chicken and eggs. It just seems so unnatural, and yet I don't know why..

Mrs. Holly Hall said...

@ Joe:

I agree! I mean, I can't for the life of me order a 'chicken fajita' omelett at the IHOP.

I just can't, it just feels wrong.

yeah. wierd.

Jimmy Bastard said...

I'd hazard a guess here and say that the rooster got the initial ball rolling. All was well until the hen wanted to cuddle and "talk" afterwards.

TROLL Y2K said...

The chicken came first. What could have inserted the DNA that would become a chick but a Rooster and a Hen? And, if by some mathematically improbable circumstances that did occur, how would the egg survive?

The sheer numbers of chickens on Earth rule out that they came from a single egg. Chickens produce large numbers of eggs. Eggs produce only ONE chicken.

Knucklehead said...

I'll go with chicken. Unless the rooster came first. Then the egg, then chicken. Or egg-rooster-chicken. No, wait, I was right the first time. The chicken.

Furtheron said...

egg

since the egg was around with dinosaurs and reptiles before Chickens were thought of... all birds are the direct descendents of dinosaurs any way.

Modern chickens are simply man - made - a genetic modification experiment through selective breeding to manipulate the natural process of evolution to create something we place in our food chain... i.e. there is no real thing as a wild chicken as we'd think of it is there.

Joanie M said...

I'm with the people who say egg came first because eggs were around long before chickens Unless you mean chicken eggs. Then I have no idea.