Easter is a week away and our egg-centric activities are in full swing. Kids have been wondering how is that mother hen can sit on eggs without breaking them. We looked into it and turns out it’s all about equal distribution of weight. According to some sources an adult can stand on eggs without breaking them. And even walk on eggs! What? We had to try.
One leg up and the other one down. This is the way to London Town. I didn’t get that far, but standing on eggs is sure a nerve titillating experience.
Yep! I’m standing on eggs.
And they didn’t break.
What you need
Kids can do it too, but my kids refused
How to do it
If you are going to try it at home here are some pointers.
- Make sure all eggs are pointed the same way, so they all bear an equal amount of your weight.
- Go slow!
- I don’t know how sensitive you are to the sensations in your feet (I’m a yogini of long standing), but if not too sensitive, it might be better to hold on to someone or something when you have one foot planted on eggs and lifting the other one in the air (as the first foot will bear the whole weight of your body at that moment). Once you are on eggs let go of your support and enjoy the sensation. There is nothing like standing on eggs!
Why the eggs didn’t break
Eggs do not stand well to uneven forces, that’s why a tiny chick can break through the egg shells, while fat mother hen can sit on it for days and don’t break it. The egg cartoon played a role in keeping eggs safe in our experiment too. Egg cartoon has been especially designed to keep the eggs from breaking by cushioning and separating them. Some say that if you drop a cartoon of eggs and it lands just right, the eggs won’t break. We are yet to try that.
And now you can watch part II of our egg experiment – Walking on eggs.
(This experiment is inspired by stevespangerscience.com)
Oh, and have you heard the latest news? 300 hens stolen from a farm in California. Not any hens, mind you, the special pastel eggs laying hens. How do you steal 300 hens?