MYTH: Eggs can easily be balanced on the Spring Equinox
You’ve probably heard the myth: you can balance an egg a lot easier when it is the during the spring Equinox. Well I’m here to tell you that you are wrong. What you are believing is a myth created by an American named Annalee Jacoby on March 19, 1945 while she was visiting China. The myth of the egg balancing actual comes from ancient Chinese secret. According to Chinese legend, it is easier to stand an egg on end on what they call the first day of spring, which is in February (we consider it to be in March). Annalee was in the capital city of Chunking on Li Chun when a crowd of people came to balance eggs. She was so entertained by the event she wrote about it in Life magazine. And there the legend was born.
The funny thing about it is that it comes from a Chinese legend and is celebrated in a completely different month than us, so why would it still work?
Well it is thought to work because during the equinox, the Earth is at a certain tilt that somehow alter gravity and makes things more stable. This apparently derives from the notion that, due to the sun’s equidistant position between the poles of the earth on the first day of spring, special gravitational forces apply.The physics behind the whole deal (or lackthereof) doesn’t make any sense to begin with followed by the fact that in the Autumn the Earth is in the exact same position as the Spring, only in reverse, so why doesn’t anyone try it then? Why? Because Annalee Jacoby was in China in the Spring.
And has anyone tried something other than an egg? If these special rules of gravity apply on this day, who not balance a toothpick or a mop, or maybe a cocker spaniel on top of a rottweiler? Why? Because eggs can balance at any time you want them to, therefore strengthening the myth even more. You can balance an egg at any time of the year you want: morning, day or night. I mean, how often have you really tried it except when someone says it is easier on the equinox. I would say it is a rare occasion when someone is balancing their egg on that day and thinking “wow, this is so much easier than the last time I balanced an egg.” So go now, try it. You’ll find eggs are pretty easy to balance as long as the surface is level. It has nothing to do with the tilt of the Earth, or the spring, or the Chinese. It’s just another thing people talk about like they know it as a fact and do no research on it to prove it is real. Another piece of bullshit we eat up because it sounds cool.
Now go put an egg in your shoe and beat it!