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.

You will need

  • Several raw eggs
  • Flat surface
  • Persistence

Step 1 Select an egg Select an egg whose base is slightly rough. The roughness will provide support for the egg.

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!