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Family Opens 9-Year-Old Easter Egg Only To Be Horrified (Video)

| by Denise Recalde

A YouTube user posted a video of him opening a newly discovered 9-year-old Easter egg that had been originally hidden during his family's Easter egg hunt in 2008 (video below). 

Tucked behind some couch cushions for the greater part of a decade, the family of the YouTube user came across it after moving the couch back out of storage, Metro reports.

"My parents had some furniture in storage from mid-2008 until early 2017," the video's caption says, reports Elite Daily. "Today, we found an egg from our 2008 Easter-egg-hunt hiding behind the couch cushions..."

Despite the certain decomposition of the painted boiled egg's interior, the curious family decided they would open the egg together and record the event. 

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In the video, the egg, painted blue-green, is first shown lying on the kitchen counter. At one point, as the family makes comments about the experiment, someone gives it a great whack with a knife -- the egg's shell flies off into the room.

What was revealed was a tiny, dark green, dried moldy yolk that apparently smelled terrible. Luckily, the family went through the ordeal to record what the interior of the egg looked like so others will know not to do the same thing.

A traditional Easter egg hunt uses dyed boiled eggs, hidden in a garden or sometimes indoors. Children race to find the most eggs. Some people use chocolate eggs instead of chicken eggs.

The custom of using eggs and rabbits to celebrate Easter have their roots in European paganism.

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According to Bustle, the word "Easter" is believed to come from the Teutonic goddess of springtime Eostre, who was associated with the rabbit, an animal that symbolizes fertility and the arrival of spring when many mammals give birth to their young. 

When Christianity reached Northern Europe in the 15th century, the popular association remained even as paganism was overtaken by monotheism.

The egg, a symbol of life, and pagan fertility symbol, remained an enduring symbol for the month of April. At one point, Easter eggs were painted red to symbolize the blood of Jesus Christ, linking the pagan with the Christian customs.

Egg hunts in America date back to the 1700s, when the Pennsylvania Dutch spoke of an egg-laying hare named Oschter Haws, or Osterhase. The precursor of the Easter Bunny, children would build nests for the fictional character and search for the eggs it laid and left behind. 

Sources: Metro, Elite Daily, Bustle / Photo credit: Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay

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