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In 2003 Alice Shirrell Kaswell solved the age-old problem “Which came first–the chicken or the egg?” once and for all. She mailed an egg and a live chicken in separate packages from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to New York City, following the U.S.Postal Service’s advice on the mailability of adult chickens. The chicken arrived within forty-eight hours fifty-one minutes, followed by the egg, eleven hours and six minutes later. She concluded that the chicken came first and the egg second. Her research was published in the brilliant Annals of Improbable Research, which also published the reply of an outraged reader who objected to the whole episode as it smacked of chicken abuse.

Stefan Gates, from “Gastronaut”

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