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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
A black lion: real or fake?
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Giant Egg Hoax of 1986
On April 13, 1986, at 5:15 AM, Douglas Arling of Warwick, Rhode Island went out to the chicken coop in his yard and checked on his 9-year-old Araconda chicken. To his astonishment, he found she had laid a massive egg measuring 5x3 inches, and weighing half-a-pound. As he watched, the chicken tumbled to the floor, apparently exhausted by the effort she had just gone through.




Ruth Arling (Douglas's wife) with the giant egg and the chicken she thought laid it

When word of the giant egg reached the press, it made national news. But the egg wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Two weeks later, Arling's neighbor, George Sousa, confessed that the giant egg was his handiwork.

The egg, Sousa explained, was really a hard-boiled goose egg that a co-worker had brought to work. "I had never seen such a big egg," he told a Providence Journal reporter, "and knowing Dougie raises chickens, I thought it would be funny if he went out in the morning and found the giant egg — never realizing he would think it was a production from one of his chickens."


According to worldrecordsacademy.org, the current holder of the title of the World's Biggest Chicken Egg is an egg laid in June 2009 by a chicken owned by Chinese farmer Zhang Yinde. The egg weighed 201 grams (.44 pounds), and measured 9.2cm x 6.3cm (3.6 x 2.4 inches). So the Rhode Island goose egg was a bit bigger.

Categories: Animals, Food
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 15, 2012
Comments (1)
Hey, not to be a nitpick or anything, but the first paragraph of the post says it was an ''anaconda chicken'', yet I'm fairly sure that the newspaper articles refer to her breed as an ''araconda''. =)
Now that post is making me interested in what goose eggs taste like...
Posted by Cliodna  in  Estonia  on  Sun Jul 15, 2012  at  11:55 PM
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