Like any good internet maelstrom, it all started with one tweet. Early Saturday morning (like, before 6 a.m. early), Twitter user @BrianFaughnan posed a question that really got people talking. The premise seemed simple enough. Faughnan wanted to know if people had a method to the way they emptied their egg cartons. Did they progress from side to side, and if so, which? Or did they employ a different method altogether? The tweet reads:
Hey OCD folks. Do you empty the egg carton right to left, or left to right? pic.twitter.com/SfkJO6KgmB— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) February 3, 2018
Immediately, the answers began to roll in. Many chimed in with pithy retorts (“left” and “right”). But others began to present quite interesting alternative theories, like this one:
I empty it evenly from either side so that when I take it out of the fridge, it doesn’t open up and spill eggs.— Colonel Potter (@colonel_potter) February 3, 2018
This user has a point. If you’re cautious and take eggs from both sides, at a similar rate, you’ll never have to deal with a pesky, droopy carton, and you’ll eliminate the danger of dropping the heavy side. Faughnan, who’s shaping up to become quite the eggs-pert, was quick to poke a hole in this centrist perspective:
@GaltsGirl— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) February 3, 2018
But if you work from one end, you can snap the carton and throw away the empty half. Better balance then.
Because apparently, this is a thing:
Left to right, then I break off left half the carton when left side is empty.— Kim Ann (@ATLSAHM) February 3, 2018
And so is this (??):
Interesting. I open the carton as if it's a book, and use eggs from the bottom to the top. It never occurred to me to open the carton as pictured above.— Katharine Mottley (@Katharine_DC) February 5, 2018
And then because there’s always an outlier:
cracked on the way home or from the car to the kitchen. Once they are relocated to the egg space designed in to the fridge, then you remove them from front to back, like civilized and sane people. Once empty, clean the egg section before putting in new eggs. /2— cdrsalamander (@cdrsalamander) February 3, 2018
I had no idea that egg-carton methodology was such an incendiary topic, but I’m glad it is—the thread is intensely entertaining to read. It’s been a big week for eggs, and it doesn’t seem like it should slow down anytime soon. It’s fun to see the breakfast staple drumming up such drama on social media. This Twitter user couldn’t have said it better:
The most fun for me is that ppl who've never met in person can have this kind of mundane conversation as if we've been neighbors for years. :)— Colonel Potter (@colonel_potter) February 3, 2018
We have to know: Where do you stand? Tell us your (strong) opinions in the comments section.