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How to balance an Egg on the Vernal Equinox: Or Not.

Now for as long as I can remember,(about since I was 15) the folklore of standing an egg on it’s end during the exact time of the Vernal Equinox was known to me.  But being a science and medicine major since my teens, I needed to practice it….prove it using the scientific method.

20200401_231011So for fifteen years straight, I purchased a dozen eggs to conduct my experiments on the day (and exact time) of the Spring Equinox, and recording the data of how: successful, difficult, easy, and for how long I could get the eggs to stand on end, as well as utilizing different surfaces.

20200401_231310While it is true that you can stand an egg on any day of the year (if you’re very skillful, or lucky), however the same does not hold true for me (yes I tried it on different days and times of the year, with no success), and in fact the only time that I was able to balance an egg on end was on the Vernal Equinox.

20200401_231410 Scientifically there’s no (as yet detected or measured) gravitational change on the Spring Equinox that would seem to assist the egg standing upright……but it work every time, every year!

20200401_231351I noticed that from the exact time of the Vernal Equinox, the egg will stand for varying amounts of time (usually about 17-26 minutes) and would fall on it’s side and sometimes break (depending on the surface) after a limited time.

Well considering this so called myth is so long lived, you know what they say….every myth has a seed, of underlying truth to it!

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