Sunday, 16 March 2008

Number Crunching Egg Style

— Britons eat about 10 billion eggs a year – 27m a day.

— Eggs contain protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, niacin and vitamin B12. They also contain about 6.4g of fat, of which 1.8g is saturated fat.

— Four out of 10 eggs sold are free range. In January, for the first time, free-range eggs accounted for more than half the value of all eggs sold.

— In the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, the lead character, played by Paul Newman, takes on what is regarded as a mad bet to eat 50 eggs in an hour. Truth is stranger than fiction. Sonya Thomas, a Korean-born American, holds the record for eating hard-boiled eggs: 65 in six minutes and 40 seconds. Thomas is slim, fit and weighs about seven stone.

— The record distance for throwing a raw egg without breaking it is 323ft 2in set by Johnie Dell Foley in Texas in 1978. The egg was caught by his cousin, Keith Thomas.

— A typical ostrich egg weighs 3lb 5oz. One laid at a Swedish ostrich farm in 2006 claimed the world record at just over 5.5Ib

— Peter Fabergé, the jeweller, made 50 ornamental eggs for Russian tsars and others for aristocratic private clients. One created in 1902 for the Rothschild family sold last November for £8.9m.

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