Instagram's world-record egg creator revealed before Super Bowl 2019
The embryoverlord has been found.
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Speaking to CNET after breaking the record, the anonymous user behind the egg account called the yolk-filled shell "Eugene" and said that it was "appreciative of the amazing support". Then, over the following weeks, subsequent images of the egg on Instagram showed cracks in the shell.
The most recent update suggests that EGG GANG will reveal all post-Super Bowl, on Feb. 3.
However, the dedicated detectives at BuzzFeed News appear to have already solved the mystery early, revealing that the creator behind the account is Chris Godfrey, a creative working with London advertising agency The&Partnership. The BuzzFeed teamed followed a trail of early posts discussing the egg, leading back to Godfrey -- and Mashable confirmed that Godfrey had indeed laid Instagram's golden egg.
Still, it appears there is more to come from the EGG GANG, with all to be revealed on
following the Super Bowl, which airs on Feb. 3 on CBS, CNET's parent company.