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Egg-stra tough

Egg-stra tough

 

What you need:

A raw egg

Plastic bag or glove

 

Instructions

Make sure the egg has no hairline fractures and that your hand is free of objects such as rings.

Squeeze the egg evenly from different angles to try to break it, without using your nails. Wear a plastic bag or glove on your hand if you’re worried about mess.

 

Results & explanation

Believe it or not, you can’t break it by squeezing it!

An egg’s arched shape makes its structure as strong as possible, so applying force to the ends or sides spreads the force out, making the shell stretch before it can break. But a sudden force applied at one small point will break it.

 

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