Egging is sometimes associated with certain events and holidays. For example, in parts of England and the United States, October 31 is referred to as "Mischief Night", when mischievous teens rub soap bars on car windows, throw eggs at houses, adorn trees with toilet paper, and run away after ringing doorbells. In some areas of Queens, New York, "Cabbage Night" involved throwing rotten fruit at various neighbors, cars, and buses.
Damage and injuryEdit
Eggs are capable of causing damages when thrown at property, and egging is considered vandalism in addition to many other severe crimes. Eggs can break windows and, when thrown at cars, can dent a body panel or chip paint where the shell breaks, leaving an oval outline. Egg whites can degrade certain types of vehicle and house paint. Whether or not the egg damages the surface beneath it, dried egg can be difficult to remove, and removal attempts with scrapers or abrasives can damage the surface. In addition to physical damages to property, egging of property may spread diseases. This may infect the victim and possibly many victims with E. coli, salmonella, other viruses, and more.
Victims of egging may be entitled to compensation for the cost of repairs, cleaning (including cleaning supplies such as gloves, soap, water, and disinfectant) to mend damaged property and spread of disease. Common charges involved with eggings are damage to property, vandalism, and nuisance. In more serious cases where injuries from egging are presented, perpetrators may be charged with assault and fined.
Egging of a person's face can cause serious injuries and eye injury, and may constitute assault and battery. A nurse was blinded in one eye when an egg was thrown at her from a passing car in March 2008 in Dublin. A boy on Long Island lost sight in one eye after teens from a local high school threw eggs out of a passing car on Halloween 2005. Medical compensation may be required for victims of egging due to infections and spread of diseases such as salmonella, E. coli, conjunctivitis and meningitis. Diseases from egging entering the eyes may cause serious infections of the eyes and the membrane of eye tissues, which can spread and further infect the brain.
Eggs are sometimes thrown at people as a form of protest. High-profile people who have been egged in this manner include David Cameron, Steve Ballmer, Miloš Zeman, Bronisław Komorowski, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Prescott, Helmut Kohl, Nick Griffin, David Blaine, Richard Prebble, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage, John Tsang, Luis Fortuño, Rafael Correa. Irish bank AIB was egged in response to the Irish banking crisis of 2009. The Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament was egged by deputies inside the Ukrainian parliament on April 27, 2010 as a protest against a natural gas agreement. During the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election, candidate Viktor Yanukovych was rushed to hospital after he had been hit with an egg (while government officials claimed he was hit by a brick), which became a source of ridicule. The former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio da Silva had eggs and rocks thrown at his bus by protesters while he was doing a visit to southern Brazil.
In other culturesEdit
In Brazil it is common to throw eggs at someone on their birthday, with or without their consent, as a friendly prank. Usually, wheat flour is also poured on the person's head along with the eggs, with the idea a cake is being made on their heads.
The tradition originated in the 1980s, but its main origin was in Mexico, where it was common to break "cascarones" (eggshells) on a person's head at their birthday party as a vow of good fortune. The eggs were usually filled with confetti and colored with dye or crayons.
Famous in Brazil people who were egged in their birthdays include the Guarani FC midfielder José Fernando Fumagalli, whom had eggs and wheat flour thrown at him in his 40th birthday in 2017, along with his eventual retirement announcement.
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