World Egg Day: Top 10 facts about poached, boiled or fried eggs

1. This morning, Exeter College, Oxford will be attempting to break the world record for the most people dipping egg soldiers simultaneously.

2. The current record is 178, set by soldiers of the Allied Rapid Response Corps at Imjin Barracks, Gloucestershire in 2014.

3. The average hen lays 300-325 eggs a year.

4. The world’s largest omelette weighed 14,225lb 6oz. It was made by a team of 55 people in Portugal in 2012 and used 145,000 eggs.

5. In 1474, in Switzerland, a chicken believed to be a rooster was sentenced to burn at the stake for committing the “heinous and unnatural crime of laying an egg”.

6. An egg from the extinct elephant bird sold for £66,675 at auction in 2013.

7. More than 10 billion eggs were produced in the UK last year…

8. …but we consumed around 12.6 billion eggs.

9. According to the Oxford Dictionary the earliest known reference to “scrambled eggs” dates back only to 1864 but “poached eggs” was seen in 1450.

10. In 2013, Joey Chestnut set a world record by eating 141 hard-boiled eggs in eight minutes.