What the critics are saying:
“My parents always told me to stay away from drugs, but they never knew how addictive Folly and Innovation was.” -Timothy James Mitchell, a dead man with a wikipedia page
The problem is not solved. The problem was which came first: chicken or the egg. Answer can be only chicken or an egg.
I think these guys understand the question, you just don’t seem to understand the joke. Hope I don’t come across as rude, but I am, so that’s how it normally appears.
Also, I think that might be a really thinly veiled euphemism…(it’s white for a reason…eww)
*On an unrelated topic, just found this comic and it KICKS ASS, I love it!
Keep being your awesome selves, comic making people!
If it looks weird that it kept referring to multiple people it’s because until about 30 second ago I assumed that this comic was so awesome it could only be done by a super conglomerate of creative geniuses, but it turns out it was just “Tom”.
I think I need to go to sleep right now, this is a great site but It’s mostly the sugary drinks and sleep deprivation talking right now.
In short; love the site, I seem dense because I am, and my eyes have just stopped working from the exhaustion! G’night weird, lonely people who read comments made on internet comics….
(This message was sponsored by the weird lonely people who read the comics on internet comics)
This has always been an extremely easy question to answer.
If you believe in a god the chicken came first when the deity created it.
If you realize species come from evolution not a sky wizard then obviously the egg came first, namely an egg laid by a precursor to the chicken who had that last mutation needed to qualify as a chicken… of course it was near identical to its parents as each mutation only brought it one step closer so the real question is how you define a chicken. based on that you can determine which specific mutated egg was the first to be considered a chicken.
mrtt: Amongst some schools of thought (namely, those schools of thought to which many pedantic English degree graduates belong), the question is “is a chicken egg defined as an egg laid by a chicken, or an egg from which a chicken hatches”? If the former, “the” chicken came first, and was hatched from a proto-chicken egg, that is, an egg laid by a proto-chicken. If the latter, “the” egg came first, that is, an egg which produced a chicken. It can be inverted to be asked as “is a chicken defined as a bird that hatched from a chicken egg or a bird which lays chicken eggs”, but while technically sound it also sounds rather silly. If the question means “the egg” in general, and not specifically the first chicken egg, then eggs (hard-shelled, leather-shelled, and gametes) were around long before even the parents of the first chicken, which is the most commonly given smart-alec answer. In that case, “obviously the egg came first”.
Now, my point of contention: If I understand you correctly, you’re not saying what I said above about how to define a chicken, you’re saying that once we figure out which bird was the first chicken, we can figure out which egg was the first chicken egg. The problem with that is that, although true, it doesn’t answer the question (which is of the causal relation between the first chicken and the first [chicken] egg, and not of the absolute temporal location of either).
On a more general note regarding the comic, as this is surprisingly the first time I’ve commented on the first installment: I’m pretty sure this is at least the second time I rediscovered this comic (occasionally losing my list of bookmarked comics due to reinstalling browsers or changing operating systems without backing up all of my bookmarks lists), and it’s definitely one of my favorites! Happening across it once again has rekindled feelings of awesomeness and creativity. I can practically feel my awesome-meter ticking upward from the surge of inspiration alone!
Also, it’s fun to read what the critics are saying : )
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