Holy crap. This is a doozy. Remember the “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day” science fair, full of lazy potatoes and lazier volcanoes? Zoom in on the final project – the mutant potato that’s grown to the ceiling – and read what name is written on the cardboard. Chell!
Let that sink in for a moment. This is more than an Easter egg. This implies that Chell, the protagonist of Portal, is the daughter of one or more Aperture employees. That her father was high-ranking enough to provide “special ingredients from Dad’s work.” That she was present when GLaDOS attacked the facility with neurotoxin. That she has been trapped or imprisoned in the laboratories since she was a child.
Believe it or not, though, the possibilities surrounding Chell’s origin get even crazier as we move down this page. Keep scrolling.