In early January, an eggs-traordinary thing happened: a picture of an egg broke the world record for the most liked picture on Instagram. The post was uploaded on January 4 and the caption read: “Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram…” The record was previously held by Kylie Jenner, who posted a picture of her daughter, Stormi Webster. As of writing this, that post has 18 million likes. As of January 22, the egg has 50.5 million. I found this quite egg-citing, so I used the RamPage Instagram to like the egg post.
I interviewed two students and two faculty members on their thoughts about the whole egg-vent (that one was bad, but bear with me here). All of the people interviewed had varied amounts of excitement and knowledge about the egg, ranging from a strong “Duh!” from sophomore Gaby Lefkovits, who in fact liked the egg on Instagram, to Head of School Rabbi Ed Harwitz who only heard of the egg recently.
When asked if he was surprised by the record being broken, sophomore Bryan Kopkin stated, “Yes, I’m surprised. Why would an egg break the world record for the most likes on an Instagram post? It’s kind of dumb.” TED Programming & Curriculum Coordinator Chris Chapman gave a more analytical response: “After the 2016 election, “half an onion” tried to get more followers than Donald Trump. I’m not surprised it happened but am surprised that [the egg] specifically did so well. People like to do things like this.” Harwitz said, “I didn’t have an opinion. It reminds me of the most challenging and frustrating section of Talmud that I ever studied in my entire life. If any student ever wanted to be exposed to an educational experience on how an egg fits into Jewish law, then I’ll be happy to oblige. However I’m not ‘egg-specting’ a queue of students at my office anytime soon.” Then, with another pun, Harwitz proceeded to low-key roast me and The RamPage: “This story scrambled my expectations of the usual standard of RamPage journalism.”
I asked if the egg could beat other social media site’s records, since they are planning to do so. Kopkin and Chapman both said no, Lefkovits said yes, and Harwitz tried to be funny (yes, I’m roasting him back). The egg is also selling merchandise now, and I asked if they were interested. Lefkovits stated that the merch was not for her. Kopkin said: “No! What are they gonna do? Put an egg on a shirt?” I’m afraid that that is completely correct. Chapman, back with more thoughtful insight responded, “No, internet memes don’t typically age well. How many people still make pizza rat jokes? People were tired of the I-85 collapse memes in a week. [Merchandise] overdoes it.” Harwitz answered with another joke: “No, serving as head of school at Weber has driven my cholesterol high enough already.”
I’ve learned a lot from the egg. I got to see an in-depth analysis of memes thanks to Mr. Chapman. Also, I’m probably in an egg-streme egg pun feud with Rabbi Harwitz now. So I guess the moral of this story is simple: Eggs are delicious. And isn’t that what really matters? Thanks Instagram egg.