Thursday, 22 November 2012

I know why they sell eggs by the dozen

It's not something I had really pondered before - why eggs come in dozens and half-dozens rather than any other number.

egg box, egg carton, eggs, crafts
Thinking about it now, I suppose it could be that boxes of five would be awkward which is why ten wasn't chosen as the base number. However, I like to think the true reason was that somewhere, many years ago when such things were being decided, someone realised that one day I would want to make an Advent calendar with my Zeds and that two empty egg cartons that formerly housed a dozen eggs each would be perfect for this purpose.


I am still mentally refining the precise way in which our egg box Advent calendar will work but I am fairly confident it will be a thing of beauty. (I keep vacillating between "egg carton" and "egg box", sometimes feeling that "carton" is more North American and sometimes feeling that it's just the right name - thoughts?)

(Here's the real answer according to the internet. If I'd googled before writing, this post might never have existed.)

4 comments:

  1. And that is why you should never Google anything before writing a blog post! :-p

    I think carton or box are both fine, myself. I think I probably say carton. (And we sometimes have eggs in boxes of ten! Oh, then I wrote "boxes". Doh!)

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    1. Yes, am glad I waited 'til after to Google but am somewhat shocked that you get boxes of 10 eggs. The carton vs box thing is still not settled in my mind!

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  2. I'd say egg carton. Good luck with your advent calendar creation. Ours is a reusable one that we take out each year. I've just set it up right now, while drinking tea from a Christmas mug. All this to counteract the grim, grim day here in So'ton. Wahey for Christmas!

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    1. Yay! Happy Advent calendar preparation!

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