These images are blurry because they’re from a grainy 35-year-old video, but that video just so happens to be the greatest Eastern Shore footage I have ever seen.
One commenter on the YouTube link posted below says: “This is the best thing I’ve ever found on the internet.” Another: “Greatest YouTube video ever.”
They are not exaggerating. The year was 1980. The place was Cambridge. Gas station attendant and over-the-top colorful Eastern Shore character Danny “Killer” Marsh set out to break the world’s record for eating raw eggs. To become champion, he would need to down 51 raw eggs in 60 minutes.
Danny and his pals staged this event outside of a bar called Sportsman’s, and they evidently promoted the heck out of it. Hundreds and hundreds of locals came out to watch the stunt and cheer their hometown Killer on to victory.
A TV news program called Evening Magazine was there, too, and this is the report they aired on the show. The video is 7:42 long. Scout’s honor: I would never post a video that long if I wasn’t pretty darn sure a whole bunch of you Secrets people would think it was worth every crazy fun second.
Here is the link to the video.
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, nobody can eat more raw eggs than me!”
PS: If this link is broken or the video taken down at its source, please report that to me in the comments so that I can try and find another version to put up. Thanks.
—Written by Jim Duffy
NOTES: The images here are screen shots from the videos. The way I found this video is thanks to my friend April Goodman. She posted a question on Facebook one day, asking if anyone else out there remembered the day when she was a little girl that the whole town of Cambridge came out in droves to watch a guy eat raw eggs in a parking lot? Once she started the ball rolling, one thing led to another in the comments. Thanks, April.