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Eat the Eggs Please, Smash Mouth! Twitter Joke Turns to Charity (and Comic) Gold

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Back on June 3, one man on Twitter started what would soon become an internet phenomenon when he tweeted at the legendary alternative-rock group Smash Mouth (best known for their work on the soundtrack of Shrek and their brief appearance in Rat Race) offering the lead singer, Steve Harwell, $20 to eat 24 eggs. Yesterday, the band accepted the challenge, and in 24 hours, they have raised nearly $6,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

This all started when Johnny ‘docevil’ Titanium, a contributor to SomethingAwful.com, wrote a message to Smash Mouth:

Within hours, Titanium’s cause had exploded into a Twitter sensation with more than $2,000 pledged:

Five days after Titanium’s tweet, some British guy named Bert wrote this wonderful song imploring Smash Mouth to “eat the eggs please”:
On July 5, Smash Mouth accepted the challenge and created a causes page:

Now, it’s just a matter of time before this:

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