Ever since I was a child this question has angered me. It has angered me because the answer is so fucking obvious to anyone with half a brain.
The Egg came first.
But first, let me get this out of the way…I get that the question is a rhetorical device that illustrates a dilemma of causality. It’s not meant to actually be answered. The problem is the question as it is phrased is not a dilemma.
Dinosaurs laid eggs…Dinosaurs predate chickens…Eggs obviously came first, and even dinosaurs were by no means the first egg laying creatures.
But A-Train they mean “What came first the chicken or the chicken egg.”
I know what they mean! Again I get the core concept, but nowadays we just throw phrases around willy-nilly, but here’s the thing even under those stipulations the egg still came first. Some “almost chickens” were fucking around they made some bad decisions…one thing led to another and they laid an egg…they expected it to be an almost chicken…but instead Legit Chicken was hatched from the egg laid by Mrs. Almost Chicken.
So again the egg came first.
What I’m saying is….I think we need a new saying.