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Guy Finds Weird Bead-Like Stuff In Eggs And Asks The Internet If It's Safe

Amy Pilkington 4 Oct 2019

There's so much in the world that it's silly to think that everyone can know everything, but unlike previous generations, we have more resources available when we want to know more about something.

The "wisdom of the crowd" can sometimes be iffy, but it's also pretty reliable for learning about something new.

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If you want to ask the crowd something, then one of the best places to do it is Reddit. Sure, you can ask your Facebook friends or a neighborhood group, but that's still limiting your crowd to people with similar experiences.

Communities like r/whatisthisthing allow you to poll a massive, diverse crowd and there is always someone who knows the answer.

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That's not hyperbole. Even the police have begun taking advantage of it.

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The item in the pic above was the biggest piece left by a vehicle in a fatal hit and run. The Reddit community identified the make and model of the vehicle it was likely from, and they were right.

The perp was arrested soon after.

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So it makes sense that when user Youngmanandthelake found something weird in an egg, they asked the group about it.

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One thing we all scrutinize carefully is our food, and we don't always know what's normal and what could make us sick.

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"Found inside the white of an egg. Are these more, future eggs that unfortunately got inside another egg? Did the chicken lose all future eggs? A parasite?"

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It's kind of nice that they worried about the hen's egg-laying future before wondering if it was a parasite. That's a very chicken-first approach.

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Others commented that they never would have considered that.

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Also, Cria_Labeouf won for best comment that didn't actually answer the question.

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You'll be happy to know that the bead-like things weren't the chicken's future children.

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Or our future breakfasts, assuming the hen doesn't spend any special time with the local rooster.

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They're actually just nodules of excess calcium.

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It's the same stuff the shell is made out of. It's more common to see it form on the outside of the shell, but the egg is still safe if it appears inside.

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If you've always bought generic supermarket eggs, you may not have come across it before.

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Most big egg producers discard eggs that look even slightly different — or use them in the production of other food products — which has created a false sense that good eggs are perfect and always the same.

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But as people shift to more local farms, they're discovering how varied eggs can actually be.

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While Youngmanandthelake probably didn't wait for an answer before discarding that particular egg, now he knows for next time that the calcium beads can just be removed.

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Technically, you could leave them there and get a little extra calcium in your breakfast.

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Assuming you don't mind a little bit of crunch, of course. It's pretty much like getting a piece of shell in there.

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There are actually a lot of people asking about weird eggs in the subreddit.

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"Cracked an egg open for breakfast and found this grey ball in my egg - it was hard, I don't remember any smell because I was in shock," said Kirsy89.

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Yeah, I'd have recoiled too.

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The good news is that while it's weird, it's not unusual and you don't have to throw away your entire carton.

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It's just a particularly extreme example of a regular "meat spot".

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Yeah, that doesn't sound less gross, I know, but I swear that it's normal. You've probably run into them before as flecks of stuff in the whites or spots of blood.

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It's just another example of irregularities that happen when a foodstuff is created in the body of another animal.

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It's kind of hard to institute any kind of quality control during the process itself and irregularities are going to slip through the vetting process occasionally.

Meat spots won't hurt you. Just scoop them out and enjoy the rest of your omelette.

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