A delighted pensioner who is a big fan of boiled eggs for breakfast had a dream come true this week.
He cracked open an egg, only to find another egg inside.
Bill Jones from Tiverton likes an egg or two.
He told Devon Live he has a boiled egg on Monday, Wednesday and Friday one week, and then on Monday, Thursday and Saturday the next depending on whether or not he visits the Halberton Lunch Club.
He told the story of his groundbreaking – or at least shell-breaking – discovery: “I usually have boiled eggs three times a week thanks to a farmer out in East Anstey who brings them in for me. I always have two, and I don’t bother with omelettes, and I don’t bother with fried eggs except when I’m on holiday.
“I normally get double yolkers, so I assumed this to be one as well, but when I went to cut the top off, I saw there was a second egg inside. I couldn’t believe it.
“I took a spoon inserted it into the double-yolked egg, and there was a perfect second egg all shelled up which I’m yet to crack. The two shells are different in colour from one another.
“I was flabbergasted. It’s like a buy one get one free offer.”
Bill contacted his daughter in London and asked her to look into the bizarre phenomenon.
“We discovered it’s called counter-peristalsis,” he explained, “it’s a freak of nature.”
A counter-peristalsis contraction, as most Daily Star readers will already know, is when a second oocyte is released by the ovary before the first egg has completely travelled through the oviduct and been laid. The second oocyte then travels down the oviduct and has albumen and a shell deposited over both eggs together.
Bill is now keeping his one-of-a-kind egg to show visitors as well as his friends Claire and John Warne from Merlin Eggs based in East Anstey who have been delivering eggs to his home for more than a decade.
“13 years ago, I started helping Claire out as the farmers are getting a rough time thanks to the supermarkets.
“I said to her that I would go out to her farm and get my eggs. Then I had to go in and have my knee replaced, and so I said I wouldn’t be out to her for six weeks, she then brought the eggs in for me.
By Michael Moran