Smash Mouth: No Egg on His Face

Internet campaign to goad Smash Mouth singer to eat two dozen eggs at upcoming show.

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Do you think starring on an episode of Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives this year had anything to do with Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell eating 24 eggs for charity?

We didn’t think so. A bid to restart his career? Nope. Not that either.

What really happened according to a report on was that a Smash Mouth fan/Twitter user named Fart [real name Jon Hendren, who writes for humor website Something Awful] became rather put out that the San Jose, California-based band rarely used their verified Twitter account, so Hendren began tweeting inexplicably about the singer and eggs about a month ago.

Nobody paid it much notice at first, and then a groundswell began and scores of users began tweeting “Smash Mouth Eat the Eggs,” going so far as to make YouTube videos about the challenge. Things heated up after someone got a hold of Harwell’s cell phone number and began leaving him hundreds of messages about the still-imaginary challenge. Then the Facebook page of Montalvo Art Center in Saratoga California urged Smash Mouth to eat the eggs at one of their upcoming show.

Adding to the pressure is an account on the Causes website: "Smash Mouth, Eat the Eggs," which already has $7,234.56 pledged towards St. Jude's Children's Hospital. If it reaches $10,000, Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell has consented to eat 24 eggs. If it doesn’t, well, Fart will just have egg on his face.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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