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How to Balance an Egg on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox

A Chinese folk legend may have given rise to the idea that you can only balance a raw egg on its end during the vernal or autumnal equinox. Actually you can balance one on any day of the year. Here's how.


  • Step 1: Select an egg Select an egg whose base is slightly rough. The roughness will provide support for the egg.
  • TIP: Balancing an egg is difficult because the egg yolk sits high in the egg and is usually off-center.
  • Step 2: Select a surface Locate a flat surface to balance the egg on. The surface should not be perfectly smooth. It is easier to balance an egg on a woven mat than on a glass surface.
  • Step 3: Try to balance the egg Attempt to place the egg on end on the surface.
  • Step 4: Be persistent Continue trying to balance the egg. If you are unsuccessful, try another egg or another surface. Now amaze your friends with your new-found talent!
  • FACT: Birds known as megapodes, which can be found in Australia, deposit their eggs in decaying vegetation, keeping them warm until they hatch much like an incubator.

You Will Need

  • Several raw eggs
  • Flat surface
  • Persistence

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