You’ve probably never thought about it, but you have your own particular way of removing eggs from the carton, and it’s probably different than many others’.
You can remove them from left to right, right to left, hell, you can even start from the center and make your way to the edges.
Apparently the Twittersphere became conscious of this dilemma, and promptly started a debate of what the correct way to remove eggs is.
A troll by the name of Brian Faughnan posed the question, “Hey OCD folks. Do you empty the egg carton right to left, or left to right?”
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
With that tweet, Faughnan sparked a heated debate that you probably didn’t even know needed to be debated.
Left to right, then I break off left half the carton when left side is empty.
— Kim Ann (@ATLSAHM) February 3, 2018
Both sides so the center is balanced. There’s no other logical way.
— tonycorrao (@tonycorrao) February 3, 2018
— Todd Hartmann (@toddhisattva) February 3, 2018
I just take them randomly from wherever, weirdo.
— Allysen (@ADPEfferson) February 3, 2018
I make a pattern so the weight is evenly distributed: first row top, last row bottom, second row bottom, etc. Yes, my OCD is real.
— FlaKyGrl (@jenbeth69) February 5, 2018
Or you just put them in a zig zag pattern which evenly distributes the weight while looking nice.
— Brandon (@NebulosityNYC) February 5, 2018
OCDer here-you take two from left/right ,then the next two from the opposite side so it doesn’t get unbalanced…it’s an obvious answer
— Susan Lieberum (@SueNJBirder) February 5, 2018
Outside to the middle. So the weight is evenly distributed.
— Mary Vought (@MaryVought) February 3, 2018
Neither. You remove them from the carton and place them in the egg container that came with the fridge. They are more secure there, it is what it was designed for, and more importantly you can re-inspect each egg (you did that at the grocery store first) to make sure it wasn’t /1
— cdrsalamander (@cdrsalamander) February 3, 2018
Left to right & front to back.
Don’t you people know about FIFO?
Carton also on left side with opening facing right.
— Peter B Eberhardt (@whomeverett) February 5, 2018
The OCD is real, and who would have thought this conversation would continue on for 400 comments. There are so many different methods, and reading through them all might cause your head to explode, or question your whole morning routine.
This has actually been mathematically addressed before, though, as YouTube channel Mind Your Decisions made a video showing what they believe to be the best methods.
They gave several suggestions, starting with an even distribution at the corners, and making your way toward the middle, and keeping the carton balanced.
It may or may not drive you nuts, but the video’s next method suggests going from left to right.
Their last suggestion will probably piss you off, but it really balances the center of gravity. The video shows kind of a diagonal / staggered approach that keeps the weight distributed evenly.
That might be the most symetrical method, but also the one that could very well destroy your mental well being.
Regardless of how you remove your eggs, just don’t drop them, and make sure you get a good scramble out of it.