1.      Eggs are a cross-cultural symbol for rebirth, regeneration.

2.      My friend Caroline owns four pet chickens. They live in her backyard, and have started to eat their own eggs. Veterinarians are not exactly sure what would provoke a chicken into such behavior, but Caroline believes it is stress-related.

3.      My favorite episode of Pawn Stars featured a lady from Iowa who brought in what turned out to be a Faberge egg. It was worth over $20,000. She had been using it in her kitchen to keep a stack of paper napkins from flying away.

4.      The egg came first.

5.      huevo

6.      Recipe for egg salad:
5 hard-boiled eggs           ½ cup mayo
3 tbsp brown mustard 1 scallion, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped          And my secret ingredient—2 tbsp curry powder.

Mix ingredients together and chill one hour before serving, either on toasted rye bread, or by itself.

7.      When I was in fifth grade, we were tasked with designing a contraption that would keep an egg intact if dropped from the roof of our school. I made mine from a shoebox and some packing peanuts. Ms. Dahlquist hauled them all up to the roof and let gravity have its way. I don’t think any of the eggs made it. We were not talented engineers.

8. [Insert factual information about the American chicken farming industry here]

9. “GREED OFT O’ERREACHES ITSELF.” -The moral of Aesop’s “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg.”

10. President Rutherford B. Hayes, if known for nothing else, was the first leader of the free world to host the White House Easter Egg Roll. Now a longstanding tradition, the Egg Roll hosts upwards of thirty thousand Americans on the White House lawn every year. Some are specifically invited to attend, while others put their name into a lottery, and win.

11.      Q. What animal has the largest eggs?
A. The ostrich lays the largest eggs on land, with an average diameter of six inches.
However, whale shark eggs are technically larger (the record whale shark egg was 12 inches long) but the egg remains in the female until it is born. Historically, the elephant bird of Madagascar had the largest eggs of both land and sea, over a foot in length and averaging eight inches in diameter. The elephant bird was extinct by the eighteenth century due to overhunting.

12. I know people who can’t stand eggs. My sister claims that nothing so jiggly should be
consumed. She does, however, eat Jello. My friend Jeanne says it’s the texture and the smell that get to her. I can’t help but wonder if there is a Darwinian reason for why eggs are distasteful to some people. If we weren’t meant to eat the young of another species. Or, that some humans are more evolved—they have looked around, observed what is happening in their surroundings, and adapted.

Marta Shaffer

Marta Shaffer

Marta Shaffer is completing her MA in English at California State University, Chico, where she received first place in the poetry category for the 2015 Intro Journals Project Award. She worked as co-editor/poetry slush pile reader for Watershed Review. She was the winner of the haiku contest judged by Kazim Ali at the Wordspring Writing Conference in 2014. Marta was published in the Chico News & Review as a winner of their 2015 Poetry 99 contest. Her work can be found in issues of Califragile and The Finger. She cannot roll her tongue. She hails from Minnesota
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