Worldwide, around 1.2 trillion eggs are produced for eating every year. The average person on Earth consumes 173 eggs a year.
UK egg industry statistic suggest 12,500 million eggs consumed in the UK per annum so 200 + per person per annum.
The Guinness World Record for omelette making is held by Howard Helmer, who made 427 omelettes in 30 minutes. our current 40g omelette cooking rate is 8,000 / hour
The average hen lays between 250 and 270 eggs a year but some lay more than 300.
“Nobody can eat 50 eggs,” (George Kennedy in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke).
The world record for eating hard-boiled eggs is 65 in 6min 40sec, by Sonya Thomas in 2003. She would have eaten more but they ran out of eggs.
This year’s World Hard-Boiled Egg Eating Championship is due to be held at Radcliff, Kentucky, on Saturday, with a prize fund of $3,000.
The brown or white colour of an eggshell is purely dependent on the breed of the hen.
“A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg,” (Life And Habit by Samuel Butler 1835-1902).
Two ways of checking the freshness of an egg:-
Shake it – if it rattles it is not fresh
Place in a bowl of water – if it floats it is not fresh
Why? When the hen lays an egg the shell is coated with a wax-like substance which deteriorates over time and the shell then becomes porous which allows evaporation of the water content of the egg white. This creates an air-sack which caused the internals to rattle and acts as a buoyancy aid.