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How to Get an Egg through a Bottleneck

Be the life of the party – without wearing a lampshade or starting a conga line – by getting an egg into a bottle.


  • Step 1: Light some matches Strike four matches at once. Be careful not to burn your fingers (or anything else).
  • Step 2: Drop in matches Drop the lit matches into an empty glass bottle. Don't worry—the flames will extinguish themselves inside.
  • Step 3: Set the egg Before the matches extinguish, set the narrower end of the egg on the mouth of the bottle so that it covers the opening completely.
  • Step 4: Watch it go Watch as the air-pressure variation you've created inside the bottle magically sucks the egg right in. Now take a bow!
  • FACT: It takes a hen about 25 hours to lay one egg; then she starts all over again 30 minutes later.

You Will Need

  • 4 Four wooden matches
  • 1 A wide-mouth glass bottle that holds at least 20 ounces
  • 1 A peeled
  • hard-boiled egg

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