While we’re on the subject of Things Whose Existence is Surprising, here’s a another one. The reason this particular thing’s existence is surprising is that this machine solves a problem that most people would never have imagined was a problem.
That problem is this: imagine you’re in a cafeteria of some kind, eating some kind of egg salad. This salad contains many slices of delicious hard-boiled egg. But, oh no, these egg slices are inconsistently sized. Worse, some of them don’t even contain any of the yolk. If only there was some way to make every slice perfect, just like the ones that go right through the centre of the egg.
Click through for the solution…
Here it is: the Long Egg:
This bizarre creation is the output of a machine called the Sanovo 6-32, or “Long Egg Machine”. There’s not much information available on how it works, but I do know that the object in the picture above is 100% egg. It’s just made from lots of eggs. Most likely the yolks are separated out (somehow) and cooked first in a tube-shaped mould, and then the whites are cooked around them. The result is an “egg” that can be cut into dozens of perfect slices.
(I’m terribly sorry but I’ve been a bad person, and lost track of the sources I used for this article, which I wrote some time ago. It actually takes quite a bit of googling to find any decent information about this bizarre product.)
Edit: some information, including the second of these two images, can be found here: http://www.boxvox.net/2010/02/long-egg-packaging.html