On April 13, 1986, at 5:15 AM, Douglas Arling of Warwick, Rhode Island went out to the chicken coop in his yard and checked on his 9-year-old Araconda chicken. To his astonishment, he found she had laid a massive egg measuring 5×3 inches, and weighing half-a-pound. As he watched, the chicken tumbled to the floor, apparently exhausted by the effort she had just gone through.
When word of the giant egg reached the press, it made national news. But the egg wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Two weeks later, Arling’s neighbor, George Sousa, confessed that the giant egg was his handiwork.
The egg, Sousa explained, was really a hard-boiled goose egg that a co-worker had brought to work. “I had never seen such a big egg,” he told a Providence Journal reporter, “and knowing Dougie raises chickens, I thought it would be funny if he went out in the morning and found the giant egg — never realizing he would think it was a production from one of his chickens.”