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Pat Shingleton: "Standing Up... For the Yolk!"

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Posted: Mar 19, 2014 5:40 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Vernal Equinox. Egg Standing

The Vernal Equinox or Spring, "springs" at 11:57 this morning. The season suggests a final end to flying snow and better weather for flying kites. During my weathercasts, years ago, I would "stand" an egg on its end, believing that once it was standing, springtime was official. After years of on-air success, the "yolk" was on me when The Science Alliance evaluated this procedure. Viewers joined-in with pictures of their egg status. Others around the country did the same and the Alliance determined that no astronomical reason exists for balancing an egg and furthered that this "feat" can actually be accomplished on any day of the year- depending on the egg. Hard boiled eggs work best. By cracking the end it provides a sturdier base!

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