I wonder about this because I remember my grandmother never putting her eggs in the frig. My mother stressing that we had to. The difference between them...my grandmother never washed the eggs just took a damp cloth and wiped them off...she air dried them... kept them on the counter...a few weeks. If there was a question if they were 'good' or not she would put them in a bowl of water...whichever floated or sank determined if they were 'good' or not...she would toss the 'bad' ones. The day I tried to literally wash them I got grounded...the soap would break the seal on the egg... she said I would have contaminated the eggs. The same lady that kept her 'ice box' almost til 1970's...talk about die hard. We never got ill though. My mother....eggs went from store to frig...that was it...no muss no fuss. I have noticed that if you have a store bought egg and keep it out...they get harder then a rock to break. A fresh egg doesn't seem to. Do the pores on a fresh egg close off if they aren't set on and left on the counter? Does that naturally keep the bad germs out of the egg? My girls' eggs don't last long enough in the mornings to see the frig. Was wondering what the differences around the world are?