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Save your eggs for the frying pan

You've heard the cliché.

It's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Well, despite 103-degree temperatures Friday, this reporter didn't see it happen.

Photographer John Godbey and circulation clerk Liz Hughes helped watch two eggs fizzle rather than sizzle.

The test included two brown eggs from free-roaming, natural-grain-fed hens. (We didn't want performance-enhancing substances affecting our research).

The surface was The Decatur Daily's parking lot, on the theory that dark asphalt would work better than a concrete sidewalk because darker colors absorb more heat.

Didn't matter. After 10 minutes, neither of two eggs did much more than get a little stiff. Neither turned white. Ninety minutes later, they looked more dried than cooked.

Hughes said we waited too late (4:45 p.m.) and should have tried it at 1 or 2 p.m. I countered that we needed a hotter surface, such as the metal from her car.

My attempt to find her vehicle was unsuccessful.

Paul Huggins

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