you've ever seen the movie Cool
Hand Luke [and even if you haven't], you're probably
familiar with the scene where Luke eats fifty
hardboiled eggs in one hour to win a bet.
For whatever reason, about a week ago, John Beatty,
John Higashi and I began to discuss whether or
not a person could actually do it.
We all agreed that it'd be difficult if not impossible.
And that's when Beatty claimed, "I could
eat 50 scrambled eggs in an hour -- no sweat."
My ears perked up. This was the moment I was waiting for
and I jumped in, "So you're saying that you could eat
fifty scrambled eggs in one hour without throwing up?"
"Yeah. Easy," came the answer. Beatty
must have seen the look on my face and where this was heading
because he added, "I'm not talking about extra large
or jumbo eggs... just regular eggs."
I smiled and asked, "Couid you eat fifty regular
hardboiled eggs in one hour?"
"No, but I could eat fifty scrambled easily,"
was Beatty's reply. At this point John Higashi
jumped in with, "Scrambled eggs would be easier.
I think he could do it."
And there it sat for the rest of the day. Over the course
of the week Beatty and I have skirted around the
idea of him eating fifty scrambled eggs in an hour as
a bet, but neither of us threw down the gauntlet. I
do know that Big John can eat a five egg omelet
with toast, milk and grits or taters... so fifty
scrambled may be within his reach.
I decided to do some research and found this
site that scientifically explores the possibility
of a human eating fifty hardboiled eggs in an hour.
Of course this doesn't match up completely with our situation
since: 1] Beatty's talking about eating scrambled eggs
and 2] Beatty ain't quite human.
Still the site concludes that if he did try he
would "be bunged up for 36 hours after eating his eggs,
and the amount of hydrogen sulphide gas (stink gas) he would
produce would be awful." The site also says
that a man ate 32 softboiled eggs in 78 seconds.
That settles it for me. If a normal guy can
eat 32 softboiled eggs in just over a minute and
the biggest problem eating fifty eggs will
cause is a terrible gas [and with Big John,
how could it get any worse??]...
...I have to say this is one bet I will now avoid!