How Is This Raw Chicken Egg Standing Whole Without Its Shell?

What kind of sorcery is this? How is this egg standing whole without its shell? Apparently, the inner membrane -- the thin layer that you can see stuck to the hard shell when you boil an egg -- is strong enough to hold it without breaking its shape. But how can you do this?

According to author Biswarup Ganguly -- an Indian photographer who works at the National Council of Science Museums -- "the white eggshell has been removed by dipping a normal chicken egg into vinegar for 48 hours."

I have to try this right now.

Picture: Biswarup GangulyWikimedia

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    Did this about 15 years ago, it's pretty cool. Had to change the vinegar a couple of times as well. And it smells like ass.


      yeah was part of year 5 science when i was back in school, snail shells as well (minus the snails).

    Occasionnally a chicken will lay an egg like this, if they've not got enough shell grit in their diet or if they're under stress

      Yeah, I've seen that happen before. Those "shellless" eggs still tend to have some colour to them though.

      Ducks too!

    ..and can you still cook and eat the egg? Would be a cool trick for making omlettes.

      It would have to taste horrendous

        Depends how you like pickled eggs I suppose.

    This was a primary school science experiment :l

      unfortuantly not everyone did the same things in primary school. My most vivid memory of primary school science was how to pick up an ice cube with a thread of cotton... and the mini mobile planatarium.. I'v never seen anything like this egg trick and am tempted to try it.

    A friend of mine did the same thing by accidentally freezing an egg. Fridge was set too low, cracked an egg to cook his mum and it came out of the shell whole. Cooked up fine.

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