What Actually Came First? The Chicken or the Egg.


“Does it really matter who came first? What really matters is that we’re both here now.”

Today, I will put to rest the chicken-egg argument once and for all. It’s so simple: Breakfast comes before lunch and dinner. There you have it! When did you ever hear of anyone eating chicken for breakfast? Never. But they might have an egg. Why? Well, that’s a different sort of question for culinary enthusiasts.

I know what you’re thinking — “He completely missed the point of the question.” Well, instead of getting offended by your arrogant presumption, I will simply say, ‘you’ve read this far; you might as well keep reading.’

I am perfectly aware that the chicken-egg debate has something to do with how life began; or something like that. Anyone with a proper university education can read Wikipedia. Anyway, in the spirit of openness and honesty, I must admit that my meals-of-the-day example was a mediocre (says me) attempt at humor. Though you must admit that it’s really quite some coincidence! Again, culinary enthusiasts: you’re welcome to dig deeper on that question.

Now, back to the question at hand: What came first? The chicken or the egg. Answer: The egg. It’s so obvious! I don’t understand why people are still debating it.

Putting religiously held beliefs aside for a moment, it is widely accepted and well researched that all living things, including human beings, began as a cell – or something else very small. A cell is more like an egg than a chicken. I’m not a scientist; stay with me on this. Today, livings things still start out in this way. Even plants… even ideas; before they hatch into chickens! Ha! Admit it. You had no idea where I was going with this silly post. But I will say it again. Even ideas start out like tiny eggs before they hatch into living, breathing, fully-functional animals. More proof that the egg indeed came first!

It doesn’t work the other way around. You can’t make a chicken without the egg. If you have the chicken already, that just means that someone else gave or sold it to you after it had already fully developed from it’s beginnings as an egg.


What is the moral of the story? A good mother hen always guards her eggs. Or, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you’re someone who has a lot of ideas and dreams of building chicken farms.

What came first? The story or the moral.


About Jacob Nehman

Jacob Nehman is an experienced messaging consultant and marketing copywriter in the startup industry. He has developed content for numerous B2B and B2C brands selling a wide variety of products and solutions for mobile and Web. He has also consulted startups on user experience and product development. Jacob is originally from Austin, Texas and currently resides in Tel Aviv.
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