Monday, April 15, 2019

Virtual modeling of an ancient chicken's egg

TECHNOLOGY WATCH: Case cracked: 2,600-year-old chicken eggshells from Jerusalem put back together. High-tech reconstruction of unique eggshell trove — 1st evidence of chicken eggs on holy land diet — could affect the quantities of matzah some Jews eat on 1st night of Passover (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel).

I think everyone else has already exhausted all the egg, chicken, etc. jokes.

Fairly often the Mishnah uses an "egg's bulk" as a measure relevant to some halakhah. For what it's worth, the reconstructed eggshell gives us an ancient egg about the same size as a large egg in today's supermarkets. Now you know.

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