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Which came first?

The (rubber) chicken or the (rubber) egg?

"Which came first - the chicken or the egg?" is a question regarding causality that has been debated for centuries.


  • Spike Milligan grabs a chicken by the neck in The Muppet Show episode 317, and furiously asks it, "Now, who came first?! Answer!"
  • In Episode 2887 of Sesame Street, an eggplant jokes with Telly Monster, asking him which came first - the chicken or the eggplant?
  • In Episode 2966 of Sesame Street, Telly receives a call from a fellow Triangle Lover asking an important question: which came first - the chicken or the triangle? "Nobody knows the answer to that one," Telly answers.
  • Donna Erickson asks the question to the Swedish Chef in an episode of Donna's Day. He can't make up his mind, so he hosts a race around the kitchen between a chicken and an egg, where the egg comes in last.
  • A chicken visits Gina's new veterinarian clinic in episode 3918 of Sesame Street, having gotten a headache pondering this question.
  • Big Bird reads a book entitled "Which Came First?" in a Sesame Street episode.[1]