Food idiot or master troll?
I’m not much of a fan of hard-boiled eggs. Something about the texture’s always rubbed me the wrong way, and there are plenty of other perfectly fine ways to prepare an egg. But I at least know how a hard-boiled egg is supposed to work, and that’s more than at least one person on Reddit can claim.
Recently, Redditor FriezaAndHoushi took to r/Unpopularopinions (currently home to scintillating topics ranging from “This whole woman’s movement is extremely sexist” to “Oreos taste better dunked in Orange Juice [sic] than milk”) to emphatically state that “hard-boiled eggs are disgusting.” While I’m inclined to agree with the sentiment, a closer read of the text reveals that this individual’s experience with hard-boiled eggs borders on the traumatic.
There’s a lot to unpack here. Clearly, they missed the whole “you’ve gotta peel the shell off first” memo, which is pretty much the first and only rule of eating a hard-boiled egg. The likening of its insides to ravioli even suggests that they this may not have been a hard-boiled egg at all, but a poor attempt to prepare its cousin/supporting actor in Call Me By Your Name, the soft-boiled egg. The claim that this person “almost died” eating one might have some merit, because preparing a soft-boiled egg (which keeps the yolk intact) improperly could open up the potential for salmonella, especially if the eggs weren’t pasteurized in shell.
Naturally, Bryan Menegus’ tweet exposing this person’s awful experience (or artful trolling) opened the floodgates for others to tweet their own stories of food failure. Turns out this wasn’t the only time eggshells have ended up somewhere they don’t belong.
While it’s easy to point and laugh at this sort of self-own, we all make mistakes in the kitchen from time to time. All that matters is that we don’t let them define us—and that we don’t share them with strangers on the internet.