Legend says it’s an ancient Chinese tradition — on the first day of spring, aka the Vernal Equinox, because the sun is equidistant from Earth’s two poles, the balanced gravitational forces will allow you to stand an egg on its end. If you scroll through Facebook this Sunday (the official first day of spring) you’ll see everything from eggs to broomsticks standing straight up.
But is it for real? Whenever I need to find out if something on the Internet is true or just a hoax, I check in with Snopes.com, the web’s best truth detector. Sadly, the whole egg-on-its-end thing is an urban myth. Snopes says:
Standing an egg on its end is something just about anyone can do any day of the year; the feat simply takes the right egg and a little trial and practice. Since the vast majority of people never see or try balancing eggs on their ends on any day other than the equinox, though, many of them come away from the experience believing that something special must have occurred on that particular day.
So go ahead and try it yourself, today, or Sunday, or any other day you want. At least you’ll have a supply of eggs to dye for next Sunday!
BTW, here are a few more first-day-of-spring traditions you can try out, if you’ve got some time on your hands and maybe some kids looking for some cool projects.