As legends go, the ancient ones have modern legends beat to shreds.
Today, we hear swallowing Pop Rocks will kill you, Mr. Rogers was a SEAL, and you can balance a broom on the equinox.
By comparison, in ancient times, to name one example, the legendary “cockatrice,” a small serpent, was empowered with the ability to kill with a single look or exhalation. Said to be hatched by reptiles from eggs laid by roosters, the cockatrice was deadly to all save one species: weasels.
That’s a cool legend. We can’t top that today, but I do have a cock’s egg for you.
Cock‘s eggs, also called wind eggs, and, less elegantly, fart eggs, are formed (provided you have questions about the above story) when a fragment of the hen’s reproductive tissue becomes enveloped in albumen, membrane, and shell, and, finally, pops out her cackleberry chute. They are typically yolk-less.
This is the first one I’ve seen.
It’s very cute.
. . . Or is it?
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