from TIME Magazine

Stop Frying Eggs on Roadside, Death Valley Officials Say

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


Tourists try frying egg on rock in Death Valley

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.”

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.”

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