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    January 14, 2009

    Study Finds Egg In The Face Can Be Dangerous

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    eggs.jpgHere’s some good solid (and useful) science for you: Researchers in
    Liverpool have announced that “being pelted by a raw egg may
    result in eye injury.” How they know: They studied the medical records
    of 18,651 patients who’d gone to an eye unit over the course of 14
    months. Thirteen turned out to be egg attack victims. As the BBC reported:

    “The
    researchers warn that egg hurling, sometimes used as a form of protest
    or prank, is far from harmless. They point out, in the Emergency
    Medical Journal, that an egg has the same dimensions as a squash ball
    but carries even more weight when lobbed. Jon Durnian, lead author of
    the paper from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, said: “The
    shape and weight of an egg makes it a perfect instrument to cause quite
    a lot of damage it it is thrown accurately … Mr Durnian said the
    public should be made aware of the damage an egg can cause and that
    throwing eggs should definitely not be encouraged.”
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    Durnian
    has
    a special beef with companies who sell eggs specifically designed
    for lobbing, like “Mischief Eggs,” which are apparently sold during
    Halloween. Who knew?

    Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself, Who throws eggs anymore? I haven’t heard of anyone throwing eggs in years! Well,
    I must say, if I’d known about those Mischief Eggs, I may have gotten
    some. Because the truth is, in the last few years, I’ve actually thrown
    a few eggs:

    For years apartment was directly above the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel
    in Manhattan, which meant the streets below my windows turned into a huge
    parking lot during rush hour. Several times a week, people stuck in
    that traffic leaned on their horns endlessly, as if their
    blaring would help move cars stopped all the way to New Jersey.
    This does not bring out the best in people: Some people would roll down
    windows and shout obscenities at the honkers, others got out of their
    cars, puffed up their chests and actually pounded on the windows of
    honkers.  And I — twice in three years — opened my window and
    hurled eggs at honkers. Fortunately for them, they’re in cars with
    their eyes not pointed toward the eggs. And my aim is terrible, so I
    couldn’t hit a person if I tried. But I can apparently hit the hood of
    a car.

    Update:  I may have
    also lobbed a few eggs at certain political yard signs and banners during
    the lead up to the last election (and the one before that).

    7 Responses to “Study Finds Egg In The Face Can Be Dangerous”

    1. olive oil says:

      Unfortunately people do throw eggs and I do not find your synical article amusing. My teengage son was hit by an egg thrown from a passing car whilst waiting at a bus stop. As a result he has got a serious eye injury which may effect his sight for life so think before you jest!

    2. kamaka says:

      Dammit. Stupid studies.
      Now I’m reduced to jello flinging.

    3. Skloot says:

      Hilarious, Powers! “Who throws a shoe an egg?! Honestly!”

    4. Austin Powers says:

      Darn, the strike tags around “a shoe” didn’t show.

    5. Art says:

      “I may have lobbed a few eggs at certain political yard signs and banners during the lead up to the last election”
      So, the pretty lady with the beautiful mind has a dark side.
      Good for you.

    6. alphabitch says:

      yeah, it’s all very funny til you put someone’s eye out 🙂

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