Medieval and Modern Egg Throwing

Possibly the most ancient use of an egg for fun is Medieval Egg Throwing. Played in churches of the time, at Easter, the priest would throw a hard boiled egg to a choirboy who would then proceed to throw it to another and so on. A kind of medieval version of Hot Potato. Whoever had the egg in their hands when the church bell rang the hour was the victor and for his prize got to keep the egg.
Over the centuries the game of egg throwing has developed dramatically. This coming Sunday the World Championships of Egg Throwing are once again held in Thorpe Latimer, Lincolnshire. The main competitions are the pairs throw, each player gets 1 meter further away after each successful throw of the egg, and the egg relay: 11 players, 12 eggs, 100 meters.

web: world egg throwing federation
web: eric shackles e-book on egg-throwing
web: flash egg throwing game at Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych


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