Robbers still throwing eggs at car windows? – Naked Security


Researchers who study the physics of hurling eggs at windshields – the ovoflingatologists – have access to such finely calibrated splatometers that they can apparently predict that if you turn on your wipers and windshield squirter, you will make a scrambled, milky mess that obscures visibility by (up to) an astonishing 92.5%.

So precise! Surprisingly precise, really. One would imagine that there are many variables that go into calculating egg obfuscation percentages: the egg size; how well-nourished the birds are; the number of eggs required to garnish an entire windshield; how much time highway robbers have to throw them before your moving car has, well, moved on and they miss their chance to attack you when you pull over to wipe it all off; how good their aim is; where the eggs land; how well the washer system and wipers work on the car they’ve targeted; or whether the eggs were laid by African or European swallows.

The many unpredictable variables behind that 92.5% may lead some of us to question the veracity of the “OFFICIAL MSG FROM POLICE” that’s been making the rounds on Facebook. Then too, the many times this cheesy omelette has been making the rounds and getting debunked along the way may lead us to the same conclusion: namely, that it’s a persistently clucking, never-say-die hoax.

Here’s the latest version, spotted on Facebook last week:

OFFICIAL MSG FROM POLICE:
If you are driving at night and eggs are thrown at your windscreen, do not stop to check the car, do not operate the wiper and do not spray any water, because eggs mixed with water become milky and block your vision up to 92.5%, and you are then forced to stop beside the road and become a victim of these criminals. This is a new technique used by gangs, so please inform your friends and relatives. And most importantly do not be selfish by refusing to share this message.