How a Photo of an Egg Made Chris Godfrey Famous

Thanks to the internet, you no longer need to have a profitable career in the acting or music industry to be considered famous. All it takes now is one viral video on YouTube or one awesome post on social media and you can become an overnight success with millions of followers. This was the case for a guy named Chris Godfrey when he posted a picture of an egg on Instagram.

So, just how did such a simple picture make this guy go from ordinary to extraordinary in just a few days? And what has been able to do with his newfound fame? Here is what we know about how a photo of an egg made Chris Godfrey famous.

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The post that changed it all

Back in January, Godfrey set out to break a world record on Instagram. Back then, Kylie Jenner held the world record for the most likes on Instagram with a picture of her daughter that had a received a little over 18 million likes. Godfrey wanted to create a picture that was so awesome that it would receive the most likes in the history of Instagram.

So, he had to come up with something pretty special, right? Well, apparently not. 

Godfrey posted a picture of an ordinary egg in front of ordinary white background and asked the world if it was possible to make this picture become a viral sensation. The world answered back with a resounding “yes!”

In just nine days the mundane picture had broken Kylie’s record and continues to raise the bar even higher each day. Today the egg has over 53 million likes and 8.2 million followers, who are referred to as the “Egg Gang.”

When Godfrey was asked why he chose to use a picture of an egg to break the record, he replied: “An egg has no gender, race, or religion. An egg is an egg, it’s universal.”

The Egg has its own personality

After the egg became an instant viral sensation, Godfrey, along with a couple of his friends, had decided to turn this ordinary egg into a character of its own. They named it Eugene and would regularly post pictures that showed the egg doing everyday activities, like going to a carnival, playing basketball, and even hanging out with friends.

Eugene also became an advocate for mental health disorders. In one post, it shows the egg “cracking under pressure” because the pressures of being an Instagram star were too much to handle. The egg can then been seen pointing to its very own website that gives a wide range of links that you can reach out to in several different countries if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.

Godfrey is one of the ‘most influential people on the internet’

Thanks to his unique way of turning something ordinary into a viral sensation, Godfrey has been listed as one of Time Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential People on the Internet. 

Because Godfrey had chosen to stay anonymous when he first created the World Record Egg, many people were unaware of who was. However, since the egg has become such a viral sensation and even has celebrity endorsements, Godfrey thought that now was a good time to come out of hiding, which is why we now know that he is a 29-year-old advertising specialist from London.

Because the egg is essentially a world-renowned star, Godfrey has hired two of his friends to help him run the ever-increasingly popular Instagram account. His friends include 26-year-old Alissa Khan Whelan and 29-year old CJ Brown. Together, the three of them hope to continue to use the egg to make the world a happier place to live.