Dear Brother Sam (You Handsome Bastard),
Which came first, the chicken salad or the egg salad?
Brother Vincent Wright
Dear Brother Winnie,
You see, the thing with trick questions is to start out by eliminating anything extraneous, all the stuff that’s in there just to obfuscate, so to speak. So let’s begin by dispensing with the obvious part, and save the tricky bit. The egg came before the chicken. By a mile. There were all sorts of eggs long before anything like a chicken ever laid one. And, given evolution and all, there had to some pre-chicken or proto-chicken that was pert near but not plumb a chicken, as now commonly understood and enjoyed. So let’s hear no more of which came first. Goddamn. The question is salad. And the answer is chicken salad. Chicken salad came fist, what’re you crazy?