Egg Shatters Instagram World Record



Plain photo of an egg cracks Instagram world record egg.

Caroline Austin, Staff 2018-2019

If you have internet access at any point during the day, chances are you’ve heard about the awe-inspiring World Record Egg.

On January 4, 2019, the Instagram account @world_record_egg posted a photo of a plain brown egg in an attempt to become the world record holder of the most-liked Instagram post. The account owner officially began the challenge with the caption:

“Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner. (18 million)! We got this.”

The egg instantly amused the internet and gained the support of hundreds of certified Instagram influencers, who used their power to urge their followers to go and like the egg photo. In less than two weeks, the egg more than doubled the world record previously held by Kylie Jenner, which was 18.2 million likes. The egg currently holds the record with 51.7 million likes and counting.

Though various major news outlets, including the Huffington Post and the New York Times, have covered this story, the account owner still remains anonymous. Many people have come forward claiming credit for the internet sensation, but the account owner has denied having revealed their identity via Instagram story numerous times. On January 14, 2019, the record was officially acknowledged and recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records, to which the account owner responded: “This is madness. What a time to be alive.”

In lieu of the egg’s popularity, the account owner has created the hashtag “#EggGang” and is encouraging users to send in their own egg memes for a chance to have them posted on the account’s Instagram story. They have also launched an online shop where users can purchase their very own “Egg Gang” merchandise. The store can hardly keep products in stock for 24 hours at a time.

Despite the egg’s general popularity, some people have mixed feelings about the whole ordeal. After her record was surpassed, Kylie Jenner posted a photo of her attempting to fry an egg, captioning it, “Take that, little egg.”

Around Grafton High School, the egg is viewed as a modern-day hero.

“I love a classic underdog story. It warms my heart to see the little guy rise to the top,” said Junior Tony Robinson.

The egg is anticipated to hold the record for quite a while, seeing as it currently resides with over 50 million likes. All in all, it’s been an eggcellent feat.