The Egg that Broke the Internet


By Luke Kaplan and Yulieanna Sim

The latest internet craze, a picture of an egg, has broken the world record for the most likes on an Instagram picture with 47.2 million likes and counting.

The previous record was held by Kylie Jenner, who amassed a total of 18.6 million likes from an endearing picture announcing the birth of her daughter, Stormi, on February 6, 2018. The egg was posted on January 4, 2019 and has more than doubled the number of likes of the previous record.

“Of course I liked the picture,” remarked Sophomore Joelle Ricci, “I think it’s so funny that the most-liked picture on Instagram is just a picture of some random egg.”

The egg was posted for the sole purpose to gain the most amount likes since it would be a frivolous thing to think that a stock picture of an egg could pass a picture announcing an A-list celebrity birth of her child, in which the rumors of her pregnancy were circulating for months.

Unsurprisingly, the egg has turned into the most popular meme topic within the last few weeks. Many of these humorous posts depict Kylie Jenner shocked that an egg surpassed her record. Jenner even jokingly reacted by posting a video of her cracking an egg, which also has gone viral with over 25 million views.

The egg account, @world_record_egg, now has 7.4 million followers, yet the identity of the user still remains unknown. The account is now even producing its own merchandise for members of the “Egg Gang,” including t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Despite the egg’s massive following, Sophomore Ashley Blitzer says, “I wouldn’t buy a shirt because I don’t want to wear a picture of an egg just because it got a lot of likes.”

Many new accounts are now being created in an attempt to try and beat the egg with their own version of a simple and humorous picture or an image of someone they know.