How to Fry an Egg in Death Valley

It has been pretty hot the past few days, but thankfully not Death Valley hot, where temperatures regularly reach 120 … Continued

It has been pretty hot the past few days, but thankfully not Death Valley hot, where temperatures regularly reach 120 degrees this time of year. Though we haven’t yet topped 100 degrees, I’ve still heard more than one person around here say, “It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.”

I’ve always wanted to try this trick to see if it was really true. Apparently I’m not the only one.

The attempted egg-frying epidemic has gotten so bad in Death Valley that officials there are asking visitors to stop messing up their sidewalks. It probably didn’t help that a park staffer posted a video on-line of her attempts, but at least she used a skillet. And, as she shows in the video it actually worked.

From the Yahoo! news article: Unfortunately, that wasn’t exactly the message the national park in eastern California had hoped to impart. But the weather has been so warm, a park staffer filmed herself cooking an egg with nothing but a skillet and the sun.

The buzzy video took off on the Web–it already has over 170,000 views–and soon enough, visitors to the hot, dry area were imitating the staffer–minus the skillet, leaving a runny, drippy mess.
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It got to be such a problem that the park issued a plea on its Facebook page to crack down on the egg frying frenzy…

_Has anyone else tried to fry an egg on the sidewalk, with or without a skillet? Does it work?