12/27/2012 06:09 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2012

Dhaou Fatnassi, 20-Year-Old Tunisian, Dies After Eating 28 Raw Eggs As A Dare

On Wednesday, 20-year-old Tunisian man Dhaou Fatnassi died after completing a dare to eat 28 raw eggs, French-language radio station Shems FM reported.

According to, Fatnassi's friends had promised to give him "an undisclosed sum of money" if he swallowed all 28 of the raw eggs whole. (One assumes that did not include the shells, but you can never be sure.) After doing so, Fatnassi reportedly started to feel pains in his stomach. He headed toward the Hopital les Aghlabides in Kairouan, Tunisia, to receive medical attention, but died in transit.

Over the years, many have surely wondered whether the famous egg-eating scene in "Cool Hand Luke" was replicable in real life, and whether it was really possible to eat 50 eggs and live to tell the tale, as Paul Newman's character did. (Though his eggs were hard-boiled, not raw.) But Fatnassi's grim end shows that some feats are meant to stay fictional. Let's hope his example wards off any future daredevils in the egg-eating arena.



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