Break out of your eggshell

Photo by Sabre Moore.
Photo by Sabre Moore.

Easter has passed, and you have a surplus of eggs. Toss them.

Seriously, toss them. It’s a real sport. And a lot of fun.

Here’s how it works (at least as far as we’re concerned, official rules may vary): grab a partner and line up a couple of feet away from each other. Simply toss an egg to each other, taking a step back for each successful toss. When the egg shatters, you’re done.

For even more fun, grab a group of friends and make it a formal competition. The rules are pretty much the same, and the last pair with an intact egg is triumphant.

If you want the full experience, toss them raw and messy. You haven’t lived until one of your friends has pelted you with a whole white egg and it has shattered on impact with your arm, leaving a gooey, dripping mess of yolk and shell.

Or, if mess isn’t your thing, try the hard-boiled version of the sport. Careful though, they hurt more on impact — they feel like rocks.

Either way, egg tossing is definitely an outdoor activity.

The arcs that the white orbs make as they catapult through the air are striking and beautiful. The patterns of shell and the bright yellow, sun-like circles of yolk that litter the new spring grass are also enjoyable to the eyes.

If you get really good, there are egg-tossing championships. The World Egg Throwing Federation (yes, that’s a real thing) is based out of Swaton, England, and holds the World Egg Throwing Federation championship on the last Sunday of June every year. Hard to believe, but fun to think about — imagine egg tossing showing up on ESPN or the Olympics broadcast.

According to the Federation, the record number of people participating in an egg toss was set on July 4, 2011 in Grangeville, Idaho, with 2,130 people participating. The record distance of a successful toss is 323 feet.

So whether you’re tossing for fun, or have a more competitive streak, grab those eggs and throw some yolks, folks.