Can you balance an egg on the vernal equinox?

imagesI always thought the answer was no, you can never balance an egg; but snopes.com, a site that debunks old wives tales like alligators coming out of your toilet or keeping batteries in the freezer to extend their life, says this:

The Chinese are thought to have originated the practice of standing eggs on end during the equinox. Just as the equinox symbolically restores balance to the world by signalling its rebirth after a season of darkness, the equinox literally balances the day by dividing it into equal portions of darkness and light. If the symbol of fertility, eggs, could be balanced on end during a day equally divided between day and night, this was a sign that all nature was in harmony.

Nonetheless, the vernal equinox brings no special egg-balancing properties with it. Standing an egg on its end is something just about anyone can do any day of the year; the feat simply takes the right egg and a little trial and practice.

Who knew?

In my bad feng shui room over the garage as I was growing up I had pink curtains, and one year I got the idea to close them on the winter solstice and not open them again until spring officially arrived (always celebrating time, I was, albeit in a slightly depressing way back then).

Hence the pink (though check out the Google doodle today – it’s what I would do if I knew how to do such things). Happy Spring.

Nonetheless, the vernal equinox brings no special egg-balancing properties with it. Standing an egg on its end is something just about anyone can do any day of the year; the feat simply takes the right egg and a little trial and practice.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/equinox.asp#qtTjZet2SHmOwTlG.99
Nonetheless, the vernal equinox brings no special egg-balancing properties with it. Standing an egg on its end is something just about anyone can do any day of the year; the feat simply takes the right egg and a little trial and practice.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/equinox.asp#qtTjZet2SHmOwTlG.99
Nonetheless, the vernal equinox brings no special egg-balancing properties with it. Standing an egg on its end is something just about anyone can do any day of the year; the feat simply takes the right egg and a little trial and practice.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/equinox.asp#dw12PLXo8ytxsuvE.99
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One Response to Can you balance an egg on the vernal equinox?

  1. Arthur says:

    I have not tried this, so I cannot voice any proven opinion, but I did some reading up on this and it looks to me like the Equinox myth is a total hoax. You can do it any day of the year, it just takes alot of practice, a steady hand, and the right egg. Some eggs arent Exactly the right shape, due to genetic anomalies, so the smart thing to do would be to buy a whole carton and work through all of the eggs, Trial and Error style. So dont just use one egg, proclaim that it can’t be done after one few days of trying, (Btw, the inside of your egg will start to decompose after about three days, so it makes sense that the egg will fall on its own after 3-4 days, which seems like the limit) because that will just frustrate you and get you nowhere. Pick an egg that stands up once, if only for a few seconds, use the rest for extra practice, and then come back to the one that stood up and try it again on that one. Again, this is very hard to do, and if you can, get a professional to show you how. If you want to start out with the “Training wheels” of egg balancing, try putting some salt on the area where you are balancing your egg. It will help you gain confidence, at the very least, and it will also offer help for those pesky slanting tables (you might not know it, but your table may have a slight angular disposition, it depends on how it was built, and and who built it).

    So far, noone has given any sources for their analasys, for which I am suprised, especially since some of these people spout facts that, in retrospect, are completely false. My sources are down below. Also, spelling is a big one on this page, too..

    1: http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/errata/a/equinox_eggs.htm

    2:http://currentsky.com/articles/eggquinox/balance.html

    3:http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/mabontraditions/qt/Egg-Balancing.htm

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