Shell shocked: Chinese woman stunned by translucent 20-year-old boiled egg that time forgot which turned into a blood-red ‘ruby’
A Chinese woman was left shell-shocked after discovering a translucent 20-year-old boiled egg that had turned into a blood-red ‘ruby'.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, found the egg while cleaning out a cupboard in her home. She was astonished to find the egg, which was apparently forgotten and had been boiled two decades ago, had an unusual color and texture.
The woman said the egg had turned a deep ruby color, and its shell had become thin and translucent. She was so amazed by the phenomenon that she took photos of the egg and posted them on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
The photos quickly went viral and prompted a lively discussion on the forum. Social media users were captivated by the unique transformation of the egg, with some speculating that the egg had undergone a chemical reaction due to its age.
Experts believe the egg's transformation is due to a process called ‘oxidation', which occurs when oxygen combines with other elements in the egg. This process can cause the eggshell to become thin and brittle, as well as changing its color.
The reaction is not unheard of, and similar occurrences have been documented in other countries. In 2019, a Japanese woman found a translucent egg that had been boiled for more than 40 years.
The woman said she has kept the egg as a memento and intends to keep it for as long as possible.
The unlikely discovery of the egg has left many people stunned and has made the woman an internet sensation. The unique transformation of the egg serves as a reminder that even the smallest of things can be extraordinary.