smashmouth egg eating contest kicks off fullblown egg holocaust. chicken cloacas dryly gulp. egg goen. ate all the eggs. ate all of them
July 5, 2011 5:51 PM Subscribe
After Twitter user @fart directed several non-sequitur tweets at Shrek soundtrack favorite band Smash Mouth's Twitter account, something strange happened: people across the Internet began demanding that the band eat a lot of eggs for charity. What began as a Twitter meme quickly spread across the Internet, from newspaper comment sections to YouTube (actually kind of catchy song!). Predictably, Wikipedia editors spent more than a page arguing over whether or not this was notable. Others on Twitter speculated about the band's reaction. Today, the band finally broke the silence: Smash Mouth has agreed to attempt to eat 24 eggs if they receive $10,000 in donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
- The meme had nothing to do with charity at its inception, and was arguably even a bit mean-spirited, but the charity angle appears to have won the band over. This is not unprecedented for lead singer Steve Harwell: Following the loss of his son to lymphatic leukemia, he and his wife started a foundation to raise money for children with leukemia. Today's tweet announcing the news referred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, known for its contributions to the field of leukemia treatment, as the band's favorite charity.
- The sole "Position" listed on the band's cause page: "Smash Mouth should eat 24 eggs for the kids."
- The band announced that it will "attempt" to eat two dozen eggs if the fundraising goal is met. This works out to six eggs per member. This sounds very reasonable, but if they need encouragement, there's always this
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