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Entry from April 21, 2019
“Why didn’t the Easter egg cross the road?"/"Because he wasn’t a chicken yet!”

“Why did the chicken cross the road?"/"To get to the other side” is a classic riddle from the 19th century. An (Easter) egg version is:

Q: Why didn’t the (Easter) egg cross the road?
A: Because he wasn’t a chicken yet!


This egg riddle has been cited in print since at least 2008. Specific “Easter egg” versions have been cited on Twitter since 2013.


23 December 1984, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Lucid moments” by Lemuel Kay, Florida Magazine, pg. 4, col. 2:
Why did the egg cross the road? To get to the chicken!

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
easter
nz...@dump.com
4/6/96
Why didnt the egg cross the road?/?
Because it hadn’t been laid ......Gong \o~

4 June 2000, Pacific Daily News (Agana, Guam), Kids Today sec., pg. 3, col. 2:
Why didn’t the egg cross the road?
She was chicken.

March/April 2003, Children’s Playmate Magazine (Indianapolis, IN), “Jokes and riddles,” pg. 17:
Question: Why did the egg cross the road?
Answer: It was inside the chicken!
Kathryn Levesque
Rockland, Ontario

Google Books
Teaching and Learning in College Introductory Religion Courses
By Barbara E. Fassler Walvoord
Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
2007
Pg. 74:
Why didn’t the egg cross the road? Because it was a little chicken.

2 April 2008, Spartanburg (SC) Herald, “Greed” by Lou Parris, pg. ?:
Another groaner from Marty Dixon: “Why did the egg cross the road? Because he wasn’t chicken yet.”

Twitter
mmm… and glug…
@mmm_newcastle
The daily mmm… easter food joke(s) - Why did the egg cross the road? Because it wasn’t a chicken yet!
8:58 AM - 4 Apr 2010

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes:
Humour for the whole family

Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. ?:
Why didn’t the egg cross the road?
Because he wasn’t a chicken yet.

Twitter
Bethlehem Preschool
@BethlehemCP
Why didn’t the egg cross the road?
Because he wasn’t a chicken yet! smile
9 more days until Easter Eggstravaganza - RSVP at the office today
6:53 PM - 14 Apr 2011

Twitter
Cindy
@trillian1117
Lunch box joke of the day: Q: Why didn’t the egg cross the road? A: Because he wsan’t a chicken yet. #lunchboxjokes
8:14 AM - 15 Apr 2011

26 April 2011, The Northern Star (Lismore, New South Wales), “Jokes by Kristi-Lee Gollan, age 11. Kristi-Lee has won a $10 Blast Off Voucher,” pg. 24:
Q. Why didn’t the egg cross the road?
A. Because he wasn’t a chicken yet.

Twitter
Katherine Arthur
@Katherinea90
Replying to @AM201321
@AM201321 I like, I like! My mum sent me a joke yesterday… Why did the Easter egg cross the road? To prove he wasn’t a chicken!
3:03 AM - 8 Mar 2013

Twitter
Uptown Bill’s
@uptownbills
Q: Why didn’t the Easter egg cross the road?
A: She was a little chicken.
4:53 PM - 23 Mar 2013

Twitter
♡ 🌻 Tammy 🌻♡
@TamBlackwelder
Why didn’t the Easter egg cross the road?
Because he wasn’t a chicken yet! ;p
1:29 PM - 29 Mar 2013

Twitter
Makabra
@makabra
Q: Why didn’t the easter egg cross the road? A: Because he wasn’t a chicken yet!
11:02 AM - 30 Mar 2013

Google Books
Easter Egg Jokes For Kids
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
Why did the egg cross the road?
Because he wasn’t a chicken yet!

Twitter
Iain M 💚
@prizedonors
Replying to @Otis_UK
Why did the Easter Egg cross the road?
Because she wasn’t an Easter Chicken yet.
#getmycoat 😳
8:34 AM - 5 Apr 2019

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