Good Question: Can You Really Fry An Egg On The Sidewalk

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

This week in Good Question, with temperatures at or above triple-digits, it's hot. So hot some say it's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

But is that even possible?

Good question.

You don't need Jay Prater to tell you it's hot. Just step outside. Hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk!

But is it?

According to the Library of Congress, in theory, it is possible to fry an egg on the sidewalk. But it says it just doesn't get hot enough. An egg needs a temperature of 158 to begin the cooking process.

But it was really hot outside and I was starving, so I figured we'd try it.

It was close to 3 p.m. The temperature in Wichita was 102. Our sidewalk had plenty of time to pre-heat.

Our egg didn't fry on the sidewalk, but what about a smooth, black surface, like the hood of a car?

Not only is it not hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, it's not even hot enough to fry an egg on the roof of a Corvette.

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