I know that Americans have a reputation for being egocentric and thinking everyone in the world does things exactly like they do, but I have to admit, the first time I walked into a Mexican bodega and saw eggs sitting on a crate at the end of an aisle, no refrigerator in sight, I was pretty confused.

If you’re sitting there wondering how all of this might work, too, let’s go on this journey together, shall we?

And since TikToker Mauren Sparrow made a handy video about it, we can have fun on the way, too.

@maurensparrowOk, but did you know this ##funfact ? 🤔 . ##themoreyouknow ##tiktokeducation ##funfacts ##eggucation ##eggs

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tl;dw (even though I know you want to watch the video): the USDA encourages “sanitizing” eggs before they’re packaged to prevent the spread of salmonella…even though salmonella can only grow when the natural protectant left by the laying process is removed.

So. Kind of backward, I guess, although I don’t know how long a fresh chicken egg stays good before it has to be eaten.

In other countries, where people have smaller fridges and houses and tend to shop more often, they can pick up their eggs, fresh from the chicken, at the end of the aisle.

It’s impossible to say whether Americans or non-Americans are more mind-blown by the truths about eggs and refrigeration!

Like this person, who proves that even  if our egg habits differ, we’re all alike when it comes to procrastination.

And this Twitterer, who makes a good point even though I feel like I should be vaguely offended.

Image Credit: Twitter

Then there’s this American who is speaking for all of us.

Remember that, if you buy your eggs refrigerated, they must stay that way (you might get sick otherwise), but if you grab them from a local farm, the end of the aisle, or from the chickens in your own backyard they can stay on your counter.

The more you know!