Frying an Egg Outside in the Heat Started in Central New York
You know when it gets SO hot that people say you can fry an egg on the sidewalk? Well, one of the first accounts of someone attempting to doing that happened in Central New York.
Although we have had a few days of really hot weather this summer, we didn't have any that were so hot people were doing weird things to prove how hot it was. You've probably seen these "weird things" we're talking about on Facebook or Twitter, or other social media outlets - Things like baking cookies in the windshield of a hot car, or the whole frying an egg on the sidewalk deal.
But here's a little fun fact for the day: Did you know one of the first accounts of someone actually attempting to fry an egg on the sidewalk because of the heat, happened in Central New York?
It was during a heatwave in July 1936, where temperatures reached just over 100-degrees. A newspaper printed an article about the heatwave, which included a piece on a woman in Syracuse "frying an egg on the sidewalk."
Now is it really possible to fry an egg on the sidewalk? It's possible, but you'll probably need a little help. The sidewalk may get really, really hot, but it doesn't do a good job of releasing the heat. That's why when a lot of people try "frying the egg," they'll use a homemade aluminum foil pan, or even the hood of a car (although, that could do some damage to the car). The kids in the video below tried using just the sidewalk, but as you look at the comments on the video - A lot of people believe it to be fake:
We guess the only way to find out for sure is to test it out the next time the temperatures hit above 100 in Central New York. See for yourself if you can get an egg to fry on the sidewalk. Just clean up your mess, okay? No one wants to walk on a bunch of mangled eggs on the sidewalk.