Sri Lankan Hen Delivers ‘Eggless Chick’

A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first.

Instead of passing out of the hen’s body and being incubated outside, the egg was incubated in the hen for 21 days and then hatched inside the hen. The chick is fully formed and healthy, although the mother has died. The government veterinary officer in the area said he had never seen anything like it before.

PR Yapa, the chief veterinary officer of Welimada, where it took place, examined the hen’s carcass. He found that the fertilised egg had developed within the hen’s reproductive system, but stayed inside the hen’s body until it hatched. A post-mortem conducted on the hen’s body concluded that it died of internal wounds.

The BBC’s Charles Haviland in Colombo says that the story has made headlines in Sri Lanka, with the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror’s concluding: “The chicken came first; not the egg.”

In your opinion, which came first: the chicken or the egg? Do you know of other true-to-life incidents similar to this? Feel free to share  your interesting stories with us!

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RedNek Wine Glass Hits $5 Million Mark

America’s love affair with the irreverent, tacky and politically incorrect is making millions for at least one business. Carson Home Accents, a 41-year-old, family-owned company based in Freeport, Pa., struck gold recently when it started manufacturing and selling RedNek Wine Glasses.

The company, a wholesaler of gift and home decor items, started making the wine glass — simply a Ball Mason jar glued on top of a Libbey candlestick holder — 10 months ago, and in less than a year, the product has had $5 million in sales.

“The RedNek Wine Glass has quickly become a phenomenon,” said John Hill, vice president of Carson Home Accents. “One of our salespeople saw this item on a shelf at a Hallmark store,” said Hill, adding that Carson Home Accents subsequently met the original inventor of the product and signed a licensing deal with her that allowed the company to manufacture and sell RedNek Wine Glasses. Okie Morris, 43, who invented the Original RedNek Wine Glass, calls herself a “repurposer.” “I use old things and give them a new twist,” she said.

Carson started manufacturing the glasses in March. Costing about $6.50 to make, and selling for about $15, Carson Home Accents produced 2,000 of its RedNek Wine Glasses in April. By June, orders had picked up to 70,000 glasses, said Hill.

The RedNek Wine Glass is currently No.1 on the bestsellers list for glassware and drinkware items on Amazon. Hill expects orders to slow down after the holidays but is hoping for a pickup again in the New Year. Until then, the company is laying low and enjoying the RedNek Wine Glasses’ unexpected money-making run.



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