Stop Frying Eggs on Roadside, Death Valley Officials Say

Attention aspiring Mythbusters: The 'leave no trace' park policy still applies, even for eggs

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Bengt Johsson of Sweden tries to fry an egg on a rock as high temperatures reach 128 degrees fahrenheit at Badwater Basin, 282 feet (85.5m) below sea level, in Death Valley National Park in California June 29, 2013.

While Death Valley National Park celebrates the 100th anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded in the world–134 degrees–park officials are hoping their visitors aren’t carrying out a cliché statement about the temperature.

Death Valley park officials wrote on their Facebook page recently that maintenance crews have been “busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot. This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks, or the Salt Playa at Badwater.”

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Ironically, Park officials are actually the ones who sparked the trending activity: A video, which has already generated over 161,000 views since being uploaded on June 29th, shows a Death Valley employee proving that an egg, served sunnyside up, is able to cook in the 127.6-degree heat. At one point, the egg-cracker “highly recommends” using a skillet, because a frying attempt with just the ground “makes a mess and it doesn’t work.”

“The video set off a surge of [egg-frying], especially since we were nearing our record temperature,” park spokesperson Cheryl Chipman tells NBC. “I don’t think we’ve seen the garbage strewn about that we did this time, which was a little disappointing.”

Death Valley has been undergoing a heat wave, along with much of the West Coast, this summer, with temperatures reaching 128 degrees in late June. The temperature had cooled to a relatively mild 118 degrees on Wednesday.

18 comments
TapdancingSpider
TapdancingSpider

It won't work. The officials are just egging visitors on.

buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

I was just wondering who you have to piss-off to be assigned Death Valley as your Park Ranger assignment. 

JackKennedy1
JackKennedy1

It really is fun to watch, even on yo driveway

mahadragon
mahadragon

Damn that egg is cooked to perfection! I want to eat it now. The funny thing is, the best temperature to cook your egg is at lower heat if you like sunny side up which is exactly the way it's being cooked here. By cooking the egg this way, it's not runny. Most people use a higher temperature so the egg will cook faster because they are impatient.

Stuart21
Stuart21

It's not evaporation - putting a lid on the skillet is keeps the heat in.

HeatherMorris
HeatherMorris

You should take a frying pan with you if you're going to fry eggs. You should certainly clean up after yourself. 

Maybe the park could rent pans out to raise money for all the overtime cleanup requirements necessitated by people who still believe in the cleaning fairy^^

Texsun39
Texsun39 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Must be nice to have enough $$$$$ to waste food...

GuySteam
GuySteam

@Texsun39 You should just kill yourself if you live in such poverty you cant afford to waste an egg

korteztk
korteztk

People are litterbugs.  I own two dogs, and I pick up after them all the time.  Yet so many do not pick up, creating unsanitary and disgusting conditions.  Why would this situation be any better?

Texsun39
Texsun39

@korteztk  What does that have to do with frying eggs ???

Do your dogs lay eggs or what ?

Chefdugan85
Chefdugan85

So hypocritical! Death valley officials start the sensation, but now ask you to stop! Lmao!! By the way aren't these eggs an egg cartons biodegradable? So why ask people to stop when there not hurting anything but killing your dead time in death valley??

TheInsomniac
TheInsomniac

@Chefdugan85 Are you seriously that ignorant? Just because something is biodegradable doesn't mean it should be thrown on the ground. Human feces is extremely biodegradable, but there are about 10000 reasons why it's a bad idea to crap in your yard.

The paper in egg carton takes weeks to months to fully degrade under ideal conditions, like a compost heap. In the extremely dry climate of Death Valley it could sit around for years. As for the eggs, it's generally a bad idea to introduce any sort of non-native food item to a place where it's not a natural part of the ecosystem.

adrian.bondg
adrian.bondg

The hottest surface on earth is Gandom Beryan (means: roasted grain) in Kavir Lout (Lout Desert) with 70 Celsius degree.

TheInsomniac
TheInsomniac

@adrian.bondg Ah, I see you said surface. Temperature records are not usually recorded on surfaces, but rather of the air. If the surface is black it will get far hotter than if it was white, and would make it very hard to compare records.  I imagine the surface in Death Valley potentially gets just as hot. The surface of that frying pan is probably somewhere around that if it's hot enough to cook the egg that quickly.

boinger
boinger

The ground would be FAR hotter than the air temperature.  The quote 127.6 degrees is measured in the shade for a reason.