12.14.2011

An End To Chicken Or Egg Debate

At last, it ends today. Which comes first – chicken or egg? One of the classic jokes, the chicken or egg debate continues until who knows when. Chicken first because the hen lays the egg. No hen, no egg. Egg first? Before it becomes a chicken, it was an egg first. So, which comes first really?

It's Chicken First

When God created Adam – you know, the first man - He gave him the authority to name all the animals. The first time he saw a tiger, he named it a tiger – in his own dialect, of course. When he saw a camel, he named it a camel. So, the first time he saw a chicken, he named it a chicken. He didn't name it "egg".

The Divine Evidence

"So, out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field...." Genesis 2:19-20

What If Adam Called It Egg

Imagine if Adam called the chicken "egg" instead. The present would not be the same. We'll hear Kentucky Fried Egg instead of Kentucky Fried Chicken, or Col. Sander's Egg, McEgg, The House That Egg Built – Max's Fried Egg, Tinolang Itlog (Egg Tinola), Adobong Itlog (Egg Adobo), egg wings, or sari-itlog instead of sarimanok. Also, we would call a coward "egg" instead of "chicken".

And listen to this conversation between a farmer and his son who raise chickens – or rather eggs for a living. English translation follows.

"Itay, paano ba'ng manghuli ng itlog?"
"Madali lang, anak. Mula sa likuran, dakmain mo ang itlog at daklotin sa ulo."

In English, 

"Dad, how do you catch an egg?"
"Son, it's easy. From behind, grab the egg and clutch its head."

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