April 20, 2019 2:54 PM   Subscribe

"It can be taken quite seriously and even has its own set of official rules, drawn up over 30 years ago by the ... (WEJA). The world championships are held annually every Easter Sunday and the coveted title is competitively fought over by contestants of all ages. Apparently there are certain breeds of hen which lay harder egg shells and competitors have been known to feed their hens calcium-rich foods in the run up to the competition." Jarping is a North Eastern (uk) egg-cracking tournament. Here's another summary from the Guardian. And here is the finals of the World Egg Jarping Championship from Peterlee in 2013 (SLYT)
posted by glasseyes (14 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Why isn't this jeans live action role-playing?

At least one can eat the losers. I wonder if the calcium rich diet noticeably affects the flavor of the egg.
posted by axiom at 3:00 PM on April 20, 2019 [2 favorites]

This is an almost universal Easter (and/or other hard-boiled egg holiday) thing that everyone thinks is their own unique cultural tradition, right?

Ah, thanks Wikipedia:

I grew up doing it thinking it was an Armenian thing, myself :)
posted by potrzebie at 3:06 PM on April 20, 2019 [4 favorites]

My mum did it with us. Not very common where I grew up.

Geordies all think the word 'jarping' must come from the Scandanavian somehow, I have no idea if this is so. I'm thinking of introducing it to the grandkids tomorrow only...it might end in tears, not chocolate.
posted by glasseyes at 3:12 PM on April 20, 2019

This seems like it has a lot more to do with the eggs then the dunshers.
posted by gryftir at 4:58 PM on April 20, 2019

This is known as a 'dunsh'.

Of course it is. Love it.
posted by rodlymight at 5:03 PM on April 20, 2019

Happy 4/20! Hail Eostre!
posted by homunculus at 5:21 PM on April 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Aber warum geht dabei immer nur ein Ei kaputt? Liegt es an der Kochzeit? Dem Alter der Eier? Der Kraft beim Titschen? Dem Alter der Hühner? Ralph gelingt es, das Rätsel zu lösen.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:23 PM on April 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

I've never, ever heard of this and this is exactly the weird sort of thing I would have heard of usually.
posted by loquacious at 2:44 AM on April 21, 2019

I grew up doing it thinking it was an Armenian thing, myself :)

τσούγκρισμα! My great-uncle Greg had a very realistic-looking wooden red egg he would use, thereby dominating the game. I am proud that I inherited both his name and delight in deceptions for absolutely no useful end whatsoever
posted by Greg Nog at 6:00 AM on April 21, 2019 [6 favorites]

keep jarping until one egg gives way.

I need this on a bumper sticker.
posted by Fizz at 6:08 AM on April 21, 2019

I grew up thinking it was Polish/Lithuanian, though I just read a different article saying it was Greek. Nice to know it was widespread!

It was serious bizness in my family of origin to win. I had an uncle who subbed in a marble egg one time. No one ever remembered who won afterward, but we were all fairly competitive during the egg-tapping.
posted by lazuli at 7:49 AM on April 21, 2019

My family -- German ancestry -- does this and it is SERIOUS BUSINESS. This year I bought fancy crystal egg cups so that everyone could proudly display at their place the egg they had chosen for their egg nicking champion.

My grandma, when she was alive, used to dye some of her eggs by boiling them wrapped in onion skins. (It gave them this beautiful brown marbled sort of wooden looking appearance.) Those eggs were unbeatable and it was understood that you could not use them for egg nicking unless everyone had one.
posted by gerstle at 6:46 PM on April 21, 2019 [1 favorite]

M&M Jarping
posted by Phreesh at 1:44 PM on April 22, 2019

I see evidence there might have been beer involved
posted by skippyhacker at 4:39 PM on April 23, 2019

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