It’s the myth that refuses to die: on or about March 21, the vernal equinox, then–and only then–can an egg be balanced on its end. This nonsense has been debunked so many times you’d think it would have disappeared into the annals of history. You’d have thought wrong. Here’s a YouTube video from spring, 2018:
The most obvious way to debunk this is to just balance an egg on any other day of the year. Seeking to do it in the most snarky way possible though, I thought to wait until the other first day of spring–September 22. This is the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere in 2018.
But that raised yet another problem. It turns out that there are those out there who believe in autumnal equinox magic as well:
Sigh. Undeterred, I decided to start balancing eggs in the days leading up to the equinox, and carry on right on through. (Yes, I agree, I need a social life 🙂 )
Anyway, Here’s a balanced egg, three days before the equinox. I decided to follow the old television crime series hostage trope, including a current newspaper in my photos as proof of the date:
And here we are again, two days before the equinox. Hey! I thought this was only possible on one (or was it two) special days of the year?
And here we go, the first day of spring (south of the equator), and yeah, an egg can be balanced on end… just like any other day of the year.
Now, a true skeptic would point out that I could have saved up a stack of newspapers and snapped all these photos on September 22. So, I’ll make a promise: tomorrow, September 23, I’ll update this article with yet another balanced egg.
Actually, I’ll make a second promise: after September 23, 2018, we will still be debunking this silly myth that you can only balance eggs on the first day of spring 😦
Update: 23 Sep 2018
As promised, here’s yet another balanced egg with backing newspaper, to prove I didn’t stockpile newsprint and shoot all of the previous shots on the autumnal equinox.