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Sometimes, the news is fun. 

In the last few weeks, headline writers from across the news media embellished their coverage of record-high egg prices with puns, wordplay, and other egg-ceptionally savvy lines. 

We’ve gathered some of those headlines here: 




By far the most popular eggs-ample of egg-related word choice was “egg-flation,” continuing a long trend of putting words before “-flation” in inflation-related headlines — including “Biden-flation,” a recent favorite of the political right. 



“Egg-scape” was another unique play on the “eggs-” prefix. It has a history, too — Rolling Stone (Left bias) used it in a headline about Late Late Show host James Corden’s October 2022 outburst at a New York City restaurant. It was applied eggs-pertly by Axios on Monday:



Another great use of the “egg-” prefix was “egg-streme” — a perfect mix of sensationalism and humor. Unfortunately, Fox Business appeared to forget that “extreme” ends in “-eme,” not “eam,” but they made up for it with their opening line: “Americans are flocking to the chicken coop – literally.”



Some headlines included the word “shell”:


Honorable Mentions

Others found all sorts of creative ways to use egg-related words in headlines. One favorite was working the word “cracked” into various phrases. 

Of course, global avian flu outbreaks are no joke — over 43 million chickens were lost in the U.S. in 2022 alone, rocking the poultry industry. 

(That sounds like a lot, but the U.S. consumes roughly 8 billion chickens every year, so your craving for McNuggets is far more dangerous to them than getting sick!)

However, our ability to joke about the news is partly a product of our insulation from its consequences. Eggs are a relatively small part of most people’s lives, so there’s room for levity. We covered some of the serious aspects of this story in our Headline Roundup on Monday.

Joseph Ratliff is a Daily News Editor at AllSides. He has a Lean Left bias. 

This blog was reviewed by Isaiah Anthony (Center Bias) and Managing Editor Henry A. Brechter (Center bias).