Walking on Eggs – video

What wouldn’t I do in the name of science?  Hmmm… I think I wouldn’t eat a bug.  I just read about a scientist who swallowed a live fly and described the sensation of it fluttering inside his throat on the way down.  You know what really happens when you swallow a fly?  Depending on the size of a bug you will have 1% less of your daily protein requirement.  Fly protein shake, anyone?  Luckily, no one is asking me to swallow a fly.  Today I will be testing just how hard chicken eggs are by attempting to walk on them.  (To be honest, I am more worried it would work.  What would I do with four dozen eggs!?)

Our interest in this experiment is two fold.  First, weight distribution.  My kids were wondering how mother hen doesn’t crush her eggs.  We discovered that mother hen uses her beak and feet to move eggs in certain positions under her.  That allows to distribute her weight equally among all eggs.  In addition, hen feather’s provide cushion much like store egg cartoon does.  The second reason, egg’s shape.  Scientists tell us that the secret to egg’s strength is not it’s hard shell.  It’s not that hard if a newborn chick can break it.  Egg’s strength is in it’s shape, it’s curved design. Curve is an important element of many structures, from bridges to sports stadiums to subways.  The ancient Romans built arch bridges that are stills standing today.  So, walking on eggs in effect segueing us into our next study topic. Architecture.  If you want to learn more about curves I really liked the History of Bridges website.   In a jinx, the reason curved design of an egg or bridge is so successful is that “it doesn’t push load forces straight down, but instead those forces are conveyed along the curve of the arch to support on each end.”  Isn’t mother Nature amazing?

Ok, enough talk.  Time to walk on eggs.  Warning: don’t get alarmed by the creaking sound, it’s coming from egg cartons.


Only one egg broken.  I’m choosing to believe that egg was defective.  Are you going to try it at home?  You can get more instructions on Steve Spangler website.   Have fun walking on eggs,

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