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Perfectly spherical chicken egg sold for 480 pounds

A perfectly spherical chicken egg in the UK has     fetched an “unbelievable” 480 pounds in an inter     net auction. Kim Broughton found one of her hens – now renamed Ping Pong – had laid the round egg in her garden in Latchingdon, Essex, on February 17. She decided to auction the egg in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust after a friend’s son died from the disease. Broughton said she imagined the buyer was interested in preserving, rather than eating, the unusual egg. The item, laid by a Buff Orpington hen – described as the “Scarlett Johansson of the chicken world” – attracted 64 bids on internet auction site eBay.
But the identity of the winner is not yet known. Broughton told the BBC that she had been tempted to cook and eat the egg before being told it was “one-in-a-billion”. She said: “I was literally about to crack it open to make a pancake when a mate saw the photo I put on Facebook and messaged me to say ‘Don’t do it!’ “Apparently somebody had sold one before for more than 90 pounds so I thought ‘Great if I can sell if for that’. “When it was at 20 pounds I thought ‘Who’d pay that for an egg?’ and then it went through the roof. It’s unbelievable”. Broughton said she would be keeping a close eye on future eggs in the hope of raising “a few more quid” for the charity, the report said. (PTI)

Burial pods to turn human remains into trees!

A team of Italian designers has devised the concept      of a biodegradable burial pod that will turn human      remains into nutrients for a tree. Designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have developed ‘Capsula Mundi’ burial pod project, which involves encasing a corpse in an egg-shaped seed capsule and then burying it underground with trees on top.  As the body decomposes, the tree would gather nutrients from the decomposing pod and grow, ‘New York Post’ reported. The pod is made with biodegradable starch plastic in which the body is put in a foetal position. The starch is taken from seasonal plants such as potatoes and corn. The tree is chosen when the person is alive, relatives and friends look after it when death occurs. Planting different kinds of trees next to each other, the team said, would create a forest.
“A cemetery will no longer be full of tombstones and will become a sacred forest,” the designers said. (PTI)

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