- Egg tossing
Egg tossing, egg toss, or egg throwing is a
gameassociated with Easter. The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earthin Pagancelebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christiansas a symbol of the rebirth of man at Easter. [ [http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/EA816EE5D35EB8258025714700320280/$file/History+of+the+Easter+Egg.pdf www.warwickshire.gov.uk The history of the Easter egg] Retrieved on 2008-03-17] In one version of the game the idea is to toss an egg so it falls on the ground without breaking. This is possible on, for example, grassy meadows. Venetia Newall (1971) "An Egg at Easter: A Folklore Study", [http://books.google.com/books?id=2KU9AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA335&dq=%22egg+tossing%22&sig=uAGDiy2zc0kPi-WVq2yqYDQxhjM#PPA335,M1 p. 335] ] In Germany, children invented a way to spin the egg during the toss so that it lands on its tip still spinning.
medievalBritain there was an egg throwing festival held in the churches at Easter. The priest would give out one hard-boiled egg which was tossed around the naveof the church and the choirboywho was holding the egg when the clock struck twelve would get to keep it. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wine/main.jhtml?xml=/wine/2008/03/14/edeggs114.xml The Telegraph: Easter Eggs: time to get cracking] ]
Dutch children play a game called "egg sales" in which one child sells an egg to another. The new owner then throws the egg in the grass and if it doesn't break it must be returned to the seller.
Egg tossing is also known as a team competition with basically the following rules, although the exact details may vary. One member of a two-person team tosses an egg to another. If the egg does not break, they step apart and the toss is repeated. The contest continues until one egg is left unbroken.
On July 4,2008 in Skagway Alaska the world record for the number of persons participating in an egg toss was set, with 1422 persons participating.
An egg throwing feat was recorded in the "
Guinness Book of World Records": on November 12, 1978a Johnny Dell Foley successfully tossed a fresh hen's egg for a distance of 323ft 2in (98.51m) to a Keith Thomas at Jewett, Texas. ["The Guinness Book of Records 1999", ISBN 0553580752, p. 99.] The record was undefeated until at least 1999. Since 2000 the feat is no longer listed in the book.
Hagerstown, Marylandhosts what was announced as "the first-ever National Egg Toss Championship" although this competition is not associated with Easter. [ [http://www.herald-mail.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=111148&edition_id=713&format=html "Egg-tossing event coming here"] , " The Herald-Mail," April 28, 2005.] [ [http://www.herald-mail.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=111477&format=html "Teams scramble for title"] ]
World Egg Throwing Federationchampionship is held in Swaton, England each year on the last Sunday in June since 2006.
In 2007 the
Disney Channel Gamesseries held a competition "Extreme Egg Toss".
Pace Egg play
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.