Egging On the Autumnal Equinox

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Explanation: Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox — should eggs be able to stand on end? This long-standing myth loses much of its mystique after a demonstration that eggs can be made to stand on end during any day of the year. Pictured above, Dr. Phil Plait, acting as the Bad Astronomer balanced three raw eggs on end in late October 1998. Later, more modestly, his wife balanced five more. The little-appreciated fact that most eggshells have small bumps on them makes this seemingly impossible task achievable. Although, during an equinox, every place on Earth experiences an equal length day and night (12 hours each), this fact has no practical effect on egg stability.

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    8 Responses to Egging On the Autumnal Equinox

    1. I’m a regular BA-Blog-ee ^_^

      Phil Plait rules.


    2. Agreed. Go Phil Plait!
      Bringing skepticism and astronomy to the public. He’s my hero.


    3. An egg will stand on sprinkled salt. Then gently blow the excess from the surface. I’ve done it before.


    4. @etiii:
      It’ll also stand on its own without salt.


    5. It will stand,… But will it take off?


    6. fuck oprah and motherfuck fucking Dr. Phil. That preachy bullshit was tired with doctor Laura but at least she said something that was hilariously redneckish and faith-in-humanity-crushing once in a while. Dr. Phil is just boorish and self-important.


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