The volume of information we get online is astounding. They range from awesome facts to those that make you go, “WTF!” One of the things that fit in the second category is this video showing a Russian guy doing the unthinkable to a chicken egg. The man injected his sperm into a chicken egg in his bid to create a homunculus.
The homunculus is defined as “a miniature human or humanoid creature.” Alchemists in the 16th century claimed that they could create such an organism. In fact, one of those alchemists, a man named Paracelsus, wrote a document titled De homunculis.
The alchemist Paracelsus was the self-proclaimed “expert” on the homunculus.
Paracelsus claimed that there was an experiment wherein the sperm of a man was allegedly injected into a horse’s womb. Here is a translation of one of the passages that he wrote:
“That the sperm of a man be putrefied by itself in a sealed cucurbit for forty days with the highest degree of putrefaction in a horse’s womb, or at least so long that it comes to life and moves itself, and stirs, which is easily observed. After this time, it will look somewhat like a man, but transparent, without a body.”
A Russian man claims to have injected his sperm into a chicken egg was inspired by the unfounded claims of ancient alchemists. You simply have to look at his experiment on video.
While the video is disturbingly fascinating, many people have questioned its authenticity.
Indeed, some people pointed out that while genetic experiments using animal eggs to create hybrids are possible, they still have to be done by experts. Moreover, the procedure also has to be done under controlled conditions. This is to make sure that the organism thrives. Then again, these experiments don’t use eggs that we can just get from the store.
As a BBC article explained:
“These [organisms] are created by transferring nuclei containing DNA from human cells into animal eggs that have had almost all of their genetic information removed.”