Friday, December 02, 2011

This is an Egg Cup

The reason I mention this to you is because it turns out that it was not usual to grow up using egg cups. I did a recent survey among friends and colleagues and not everyone even knew what it was. In my head, I was thinking, "Clearly not Gulliver's Travel's fans," but when I looked it up, it turns out that although the end of Chapter 4 of the Lilliput travels does contain a section about breaking eggs on the little ends (or big ends), there are no mention of cups. They are, nonetheless, a great invention.

I believe I decorated this with Rivster when she visited me in Boston one year, I think 1997 or so. I also decorated a spoon rest, but it was horribly ugly and it appears that it has been lost/misplaced/disposed of in between then and now.

I leave you with this (those of you who think that Gulliver's Travel's is a kids book, it's because you haven't read the real thing):

[T]wo mighty powers have... been engaged in a most obstinate war for six-and-thirty moons past.  It began upon the following occasion. 
It is allowed on all hands, that the primitive way of breaking eggs, before we eat them, was upon the larger end; but his present majesty’s grandfather, while he was a boy, going to eat an egg, and breaking it according to the ancient practice, happened to cut one of his fingers.  Whereupon the emperor his father published an edict, commanding all his subjects, upon great penalties, to break the smaller end of their eggs.
  The people so highly resented this law, that our histories tell us, there have been six rebellions raised on that account; wherein one emperor lost his life, and another his crown.  These civil commotions were constantly fomented by the monarchs of Blefuscu; and when they were quelled, the exiles always fled for refuge to that empire.  It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death, rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end.  Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Big-endians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments.  During the course of these troubles, the emperors of Blefusca did frequently expostulate by their ambassadors, accusing us of making a schism in religion, by offending against a fundamental doctrine of our great prophet Lustrog, in the fifty-fourth chapter of the Blundecral (which is their Alcoran). 
This, however, is thought to be a mere strain upon the text; for the words are these: ‘that all true believers break their eggs at the convenient end.’  And which is the convenient end, seems, in my humble opinion to be left to every man’s conscience, or at least in the power of the chief magistrate to determine.  Now, the Big-endian exiles have found so much credit in the emperor of Blefuscu’s court, and so much private assistance and encouragement from their party here at home, that a bloody war has been carried on between the two empires for six-and-thirty moons, with various success; during which time we have lost forty capital ships, and a much a greater number of smaller vessels, together with thirty thousand of our best seamen and soldiers; and the damage received by the enemy is reckoned to be somewhat greater than ours. 


  1. Really??? I thought everyone had these in their homes. How else does one eat a soft-boiled egg???

    And a kids' book...really???

  2. It seems as though most people do not eat soft boiled eggs. However, the way they would do it would be to completely peel the egg and then empty it into a bowl.