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This Insane Experiment May Prove What Came First: The Chicken Or The Egg

Some questions aren't supposed to have answers. Until today, I thought this question was one of them: What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Well according to a new video, chickens can be grown outside of their eggshells. Of all people who could have discovered this, it was a group of Japanese high schoolers and their teacher who figured out the way to hatch chickens without eggs. According to Daily Mail, this actually isn't the first time this technique has been performed, but evidently, it's simple enough to figure out that these high schools students were able to do it.

That would make sense because the process to hatch a chicken without its eggshell is actually surprisingly simple and easy. The students really only needed a few things: an incubator, a plastic cup, plastic wrap and eggs, of course.

They make a plastic wrap pouch, secure it to the inside of the cup, crack the fertilized egg over the cup to land in the plastic wrap pouch and then put the contraption in an incubator. After three weeks, a fully functional chick was born!

The video clip came from what appears to be a Japanese TV program where a few viewers were shown the hatching process. I'm guessing your reactions will be the same as their reactions.

This woman's face says it all: "You're going to do WHAT?!"

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She's basically in disbelief.

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She cannot even process what she's about to witness.

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Oooooh, ahhhhh, close-ups are fun!

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WAIT, WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON? IS THAT A TINY HEARTBEAT?!

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You can see how rapidly the chick develops even without a shell.

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STOP, IS THAT AN ACTUAL CHICK?!

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YES, IT IS. IT'S WALKING! THE CHICK IS WALKING!

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As you can see, the viewers' faces pretty much tell all. Humans can officially hatch chickens without eggs, and it's amazing. God, I hope this science isn't seriously abused to address the world's ever-growing demand for meat, but, hey, I don't know anything.

Check out the clip at the top for a closer look at how these chicks are born without eggs, as well as all the hilarious reactions from the viewers. A longer clip can be found here.

Citations: Does this answer which one came first? Amazing video shows an egg transform into a chicken using a plastic cup and cling film but NO SHELL in school science experiment (Daily Mail)